Many probate issues can complicate life for beneficiaries and executors alike, but allegations that an executor has breached their fiduciary duties are very serious. Some of the time, these accusations are true and an executor did fail to respect his or her fiduciary duties. For example, an executor may have intentionally chosen not to distribute the assets of an estate appropriately. On the other hand, there are times when these allegations are altogether false, whether a beneficiary does not understand what was put forth in the estate plan or intentionally launches a false accusation. Curley Law Firm knows how hard these standoffs can be for both sides and the impact these disputes can have on families.
If you have been accused of breaching your fiduciary duties as an estate’s executor, you need to do what you can to review your legal rights and make sure that your interests are secured. At the same time, if you believe that an executor has failed to abide by their duties, you may want to examine your options. Either way, you should be mindful of some of the other hurdles that can arise with these types of disputes. In some cases, they have created a lasting rift between family members.
With that said, it may be impossible to avoid a certain level of conflict. During an estate-related dispute, knowing what your rights are is essential. Our page on estate administration offers more information related to various issues that may arise during a probate dispute.