If a deceased beneficiary of an estate has a spouse, he or she may not be entitled to the decedent’s inheritance. It is important to understand the laws.
Articles about Executor Duties
Attorney Scott Grossman discusses if you should serve as administrator of the estate and if this is the right role for you.
My sister and I are the co-trustees of my parents trust. I want to sell their home now that they are dead but she doesn’t want to sell. What can I do?
Disagreements between co-trustees is a fairly common occurrence. Find out more of what you should do if a disagreement should arise between the co-trustees.
I do not have much confidence in the executor of the estate. What should I watch out for under California law?
Under California probate law, the executor of the decedent’s estate has a fiduciary duty requiring him or her to act with integrity, disclose all information to the beneficiaries, act in fairness and with diligence, manage the estate with caution, and deal with all beneficiaries equally.
If you are the beneficiary of a California probate estate and suspect that the executor may be stealing estate property, it is important to act quickly. Waiting too long may make it impossible for you to ever receive the property to which you are entitled.
How to go about removing an administrator if your spouse passed away, and someone else was appointed administrator of his estate?
If your spouse predeceased you, it is possible that another individual was named administrator of his estate. Fortunately, you may be able to have the administrator removed and yourself appointed instead – if you are of higher priority as determined by the California probate code.
I suspect the executor of an estate exhibits bias behavior while administering an estate. Do I have grounds to bring an action against him?
Administering an estate in California is a complex, lengthy, and expensive procedure. When issues arise, such as when you suspect the executor is acting unfairly, it can be confusing as to what to do next.
If a disabled person is about to receive a substantial inheritance, these assets can be lost if proper action is not taken. Receiving financial inheritances can result in a disabled person’s disqualification from receiving certain benefits, such as social security or Medi-Cal.