Losing a loved one, no matter when or how it happens, can be painful in a number of ways. When his or her estate is being administered, the last thing you should have to worry about is whether the executor is fulfilling his or her duties honestly and with the best interests of the estate in mind. Unfortunately, while working through the loss of your loved one, you have found yourself questioning the executor’s actions. In New Jersey, this type of issue may be resolved through estate litigation.
An executor does have a difficult job. There are a lot of details that must be tended to when closing out an estate, so he or she may do things that do not sit well with everyone. However, there is a big difference between family/beneficiaries not being happy and an executor breaching his or her duty.
What are some ways an executor may abuse his or her power? There are several, but in the end, it all comes down to this person doing things for his or her own personal gain. An executor may be accused of misconduct if he or she misappropriates estate funds, fails to settle financial affairs appropriately or withholds beneficiary inheritance — among other things.
When an executor’s actions seem questionable, you have the right to say something. You have the right to have him or her held responsible for those actions. To do so, you may need to file legal claims in a New Jersey court, which counsel can help you with. If you have a concern with an executor that requires attention, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website to learn how an experienced estate litigation attorney can be of assistance to you.