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By: Scott Grossman on March 7th, 2018

California Executors: Stealing from an Estate Has Consequences

Even though the role of an executor is to serve on behalf of the deceased, sometimes they breach the trust. When an executor is stealing from an estate, there is a risk that the beneficiaries never receive their entitled property. Unfortunately, due to several factors, it can be difficult to bring charges against an executor who steals from a California estate. These factors include whether the executor is also a beneficiary of the estate, whether the executor has contested the terms of the will, and whether any other beneficiary has contested the terms of the will.

What are the Consequences of Stealing From an Estate?

Consult with an experienced San Diego probate litigation attorney for guidance in protecting your legal rights. If you are correct in your accusations, the executor may face several consequences, including:

  • Removal of the executor
  • An order for the executor to pay back all of the funds to the estate
  • An order for the executor to return any stolen property to the estate
  • Felony criminal charges brought against the executor

To learn more about the consequences of stealing from an estate or what you should do if you suspect stealing from an estate, call The Grossman Law Firm at (888) 443-6590. Or fill out our quick and easy online form today. It would be our pleasure to further assist you.