Is there anything we can do to light a fire under an executor to settle an estate so that we can all get on with our lives?

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Is there anything we can do to light a fire under an executor to settle an estate so that we can all get on with our lives?

My mother passed away 6 months ago and my sister is the executor. About 3 months ago, she registered the account in surrogate court. As far as we know all accounts have been settled and or deposited in the estate account. My sister hasn’t done anything since. There is no estate attorney and neither of my siblings has an accounting of what is in the account.

Asked on October 23, 2012 under Estate Planning, Maryland

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  You have a right to both look at the estate file and an accounting of what is going on in the matter.  The estate file you an look at at any time as it is a public record.  As for the the accounting, you will need to bring a proceeding in the probate court for same.  Your sister holds a very important job and if she has breached her fiduciary responsibilities to the estate and the beneficiaries then you have recourse.  Good luck.


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