From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My sister willed me a share of the proceeds of her stamp collection. The executor (our brother) told me that he sold the collection and sent me a check. I think the collection was worth much more. How do I get the executor to explain?
You have the legal right to force the executor to account for the stamp collection and give you the details of the sale. If you believe your share should be greater, you can object to his accounting.
Pennsylvania’s probate system gives a great deal of freedom without official oversight. This system relies on you, the beneficiary, to bring mismanagement to the Orphans Court judge’s attention. In your case, you could have us file a Petition for Accounting.
If you have questions about probate or estate accountings in Philadelphia, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.