If the executor just passed away, how do I know that I will still get my inheritance when I’m of age?

My great grandma died and put in her Will that I would get her estate; I am the sole beneficiary. She appointed her sister executor and she just died. She lived in one state, I live in another and the Will was done in a third state. The money is located in the executor’s state of residence. I’m 18 years old and I’m supposed to get the money when I’m 21. How do I make sure the money is properly taken care of?

Asked on July 7, 2012 under Estate Planning, California


Cameron Norris, Esq. / Law Office of Gary W. Norris

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The will may have a secondary executor.  If it doesn't the court can appoint an executor.  You may have to consult an estate planning lawyer in your area to petition the court to appoint a new executor.  If everyone in the family agrees and the estate is of modest size, you may want to deal with all of this informally.

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