I’m not getting what I’m supposed to from my parents’ estate. What can I do about it?
Articles about Beneficiary Rights
First, never take “no” for an answer. If you are a trust beneficiary then your common sense tells you that you are entitled to get a copy of the trust. You are right.
If a trustee has mismanaged assets or property, which caused a significant loss of value, the first thing you want to do is determine how the estate was mismanaged.
If your parent had previously executed a will, and you believe that it has since been changed, it is possible that he or she was the victim of undue influence. You may be able to contest the will in the probate court and have it rendered invalid.
Generally, if you were the beneficiary named in a California trust, you have the right to see a copy of the trust instrument, provided that your rights have vested. If your rights as a beneficiary have vested, you can request a copy of the trust instrument directly from the trustee.
Modifying an irrevocable trust is not a simple procedure. If changing trust terms were easy, it would increase the potential for the intent of the creator of a trust to be overlooked. California probate laws, however, do outline limited circumstances under which a trust can be changed or terminated.
I suspect that the trustee of a California trust is engaged in wrongdoing-More about requesting a bond
If you have reason to suspect that the trustee of a trust in San Diego is engaged in wrongdoing and you have an interest in the trust property, requesting a bond can provide some protection. A beneficiary can petition the Court to order the Trustee produce a bond. The bond serves as a safeguard. If the trustee engages in wrongdoing, the bonding company will pay the costs.
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.