Am I able to make executive decisions as beneficiary?

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Am I able to make executive decisions as beneficiary?

My parents have both
now passed. Prior to
my Fathers passing, 7
years ago, 5hey had a
will drawn stating
all 3 children divide
equally and older
brother executor.
After, death, Mother
and brother cut ties
completely. Brother
wants nothing to to
do with this
unhealthy
relationship with
Mother and Psychotic
younger sister. So,
now that Mom has
passed, I am named
the beneficiary on
her death
certificate. Is that
comparable to
Executor? Can I make
decisions regarding
evicting my psychotic
sister from Home
inorder to make
sellable?

Asked on January 26, 2017 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, a beneficiary is NOT the same thing as an exectutor: being a beneficiary does not give you any rights over an estate (the property prior to being distributed and the estate probated; even property which will be inherited in whole or part by you). If the executor named in the will (your brother) refuses to serve--which is his right--and no back-up executor is named, you will have to petition the court for the court to appoint or name an executor, and you can certainly ask that it be you. Contact the clerk of the probate or surrogate's court for instructions.


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