From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Executor Bad Acts – Request a Schedule of Distribution
Most Recently Updated July 18, 2018.
“My stepfather died about a year ago and left me a very nice truck in his will. The executor stopped taking my calls about when I would get the truck. I just found out he used the truck to haul his boat on a recent fishing vacation. How do I get the executor to give me my inheritance?”
Amy Besser, Probate Attorney.
Executor Bad Acts – Request a Schedule of Distribution
Just when I think I’ve heard it all about bad executors, you give me a story of an executor who drives estate assets on his own fishing trip.
Request a Schedule of Distribution
As an heir, you have the right to force the executor to account for all actions he took as executor (like driving estate property on a private vacation) and for a Schedule of Distribution. The Schedule of Distribution is the executor’s explanation of when you will receive your inheritance. In that process you can also ask that the executor be “surcharged” for bad acts.
Driving estate property for his personal vacation is a bad act, which has reduced the value of your inheritance. You could certainly ask for the executor to pay you for each mile driving and for the reduction of value to the vehicle. My firm would be happy to represent you, and I would really like to hear the executor’s explanation.
More Probate Questions?
The schedule of distribution 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: Executor Bad Acts – Request a Schedule of Distribution
I hope that this article was helpful in explaining your rights as a beneficiary. 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!
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