Skip to Content

We are a Veteran Owned Business, providing 20% discounts for Veterans, First Responders, Elementary and High School teachers. Please contact us to set up a phone or Zoom meeting. Taking care of you and your family, It's What We Do!

How to File a Formal Accounting to Bring The Estate to an End

Posted on Wed May 13, 2015, on Formal Accounting

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Formal Accounting Process to Close Estates

Most Recently Updated July 15, 2018.

Filing a Formal Accounting

Probate Attorney, Tatyana Gleyzer.

 

“I have served as the Executor for my mother’s Delaware County estate for over a year and wish to close the estate, but my brother claims that I have embezzled money from the estate. This is ridiculous, but how can I close the estate while he makes these claims?”

Formal Accounting Process to Close Estates

It is unfortunate that your brother is making these claims, but there is a forum available to you that will allow you to bring the estate to a close.

As the executor, you could make an “at risk” distribution of the estate assets. This means you distribute the money without getting a release. This is not advisable, as your brother could then use his inheritance to hire a Orphans’ Court Lawyer to force you to file a Formal Account. Because you would have distributed the estate funds, this cost would come out of your pocket.

Instead, you have the legal right to retain your own Delaware County Orphans’ Court Attorney to help you assemble and file a Formal Accounting. The costs related to this are a normal cost of an estate and paid out of the estate’s funds.

Your brother is then free to object to your accounting. If you cannot satisfy his objections, you will get a hearing in front of the Delaware County Orphans’ Court judge who renders a decision. Either way, you are then done and released.

For more information, see my website about Closing an Estate.

More Probate Questions?

Filing an accounting is only part of the overall probate process. By all means, if you wish to learn more, please read my more detailed article, The Probate Process All You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: Formal Accounting Process to Close Estates

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining how to close an estate. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

Let our Probate Lawyers help walk you through what can be a confusing process. To begin with, call to speak to one of our experienced Probate Attorneys.  By all means, our lawyers are ready to answer your questions. In fact, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation. Ultimately our goal is to make the process as painless as possible!

Wills, Trusts, Probate, and Estate Litigation, It’s All We Do

Author, Peter Klenk, Esq.

Tags:

Closing, Delaware County, Formal Accounting, Pennsylvania, Probate, Probate Attorney, Probate Lawyer, Tatyana Gleyzer

Peter KlenkPeter Klenk

What Our clients are saying

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Chris Curcio

Fantastic customer service. Very personable and most importantly they provide great explanations of what is required based on your individual needs. Highly recommend Klenk Law for anyone that needs to create a will and estate documents.

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Joe Peters

Always professional and very responsive. Everyone on the staff that I have worked with. I look forward to continuing our relationship.

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Linda F.

I'm totally satisfied with Klenk Law. Peter has a great legal mind with the personality of the guy next door.

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Glenn P.

Peter Klenk ESQ is a thoughtful and capable attorney who we work with on estate planning issues. His firm recently provided us with new Wills, Power of Attorneys and our instructions regarding major health issues. These documents are important for estate and life planning. Peter and his team are masters in the complexities of Estate Law. We highly recommend Peter and his Associates to provide thoughtful advice and outstanding work on these complex issues of the law. Make sure your estate planning documents are up to date, and Peter can be relied on to do an excellent job. Well done Peter!

Klenk Law Logo
Stars

Elizabeth Ray

Peter and his associates were a pleasure to work with. He explained the process clearly and provided assistance nearly instantaneously. Highly recommended for trusts-and-estates-related needs!

Let us put our expertise to work for you.

Free consultation within 24 hours.