four siblings are co-executors of an estate. Are descisions made by majority or unanimously?

This estate is being probated in Iowa

Asked on July 6, 2016 under Estate Planning, Colorado


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In this instance, the majority does not rule. Co-executors must act unanimously; they must agree and act together. If the co-executors have a tendency to disagree, it can cause serious problems and delays in closing the estate. In cases of extreme disagreements, one executor (or beneficiary) can ask the probate court to remove one or more of the other executors, so the estate can be settled.

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