How much decision making power does an in-law have when dividing property from a trust/estate?

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How much decision making power does an in-law have when dividing property from a trust/estate?

Our parents trust states that all property be shared equally between 3 living children. An in-law is making decisions about property items without first consulting the other children. What legal rights does this person have?

Asked on December 20, 2011 under Estate Planning, Ohio

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Legally, the in-law has no say having any weight at all if he or she is not an heir under the parents' trust with respect to dividing up the assets between the three (3) heirs under the document.

The in-law can give suggestions but none of the heirs have to agree with whatever suggestion is given. In a nutshell, the in-law has no legal rights to make any decision unless the trust that you have written about specifically states that this person has some sort of a decision making ability with respect to it.


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