Does the executor of Will have more power than others listed in the Will?

My father is executor of my grandfather’s Will (he passed 2 years ago). My father now wants to sell the house to me and my husband. The 4 parties involved in the Will do not agree on the sale price and all but 2 have not responded to the contract. What are my father’s options?

Asked on July 1, 2012 under Estate Planning, Ohio


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Yes,the Executor has much more authority and power to act on behalf of the estate, but beneficiaries can indeed question his or her acts and authority if they think that he is breaching his duty to the estate (like selling the house for under value). Although he may not need their signatures, your Father can ask the court for help if he so chooses. Good luck.

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