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Tag: Estate Litigation

Keeping an Eye on the Personal Representative in Florida

Posted on Fri Nov 7, 2014, on Estate Litigation

Beneficiaries of Florida estates will often approach us asking our help in keeping an eye on the estate’s Personal Representative (in most states this person is called an executor). This is often the result of the Personal Representative not sharing information about the estate with the beneficiary, the Personal Representative’s unreasonable delays, or when the Personal Representative’s behavior has raised the beneficiary’s concern.

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Acquiring Copies of a Will and Irrevocable Trust in Philadelphia County, PA

Posted on Thu Oct 16, 2014, on Estate Litigation

Question: My son’s Godparents both died in Philadelphia with a will and a Revocable Living Trust and the executor will not give me a copy. How do I get a copy of the will and the Revocable Living Trust?

First, the father needs to understand the documents he is requesting. The Will is the document that is filed with the Philadelphia Register of Wills and which then dictates where the deceased’s assets pass after death.

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Beneficiaries and an Unresponsive Executor in Atlantic County, NJ

Posted on Wed Oct 15, 2014, on Estate Litigation

Question: My father died over two years ago and the executor has not yet sold the Brigantine house and will not return my calls, what can I do?

The executor is a fiduciary, with an obligation to follow the terms of the Will.
First, the beneficiary should examine the Will. Does the Will give any specific instructions concerning the house? Klenk Law often states in the Wills they draft that real estate “shall be sold”, to be clear that the executor needs to move forward selling the property.

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Process for Removing a Trustee in Camden County, NJ

Posted on Sun Oct 5, 2014, on Estate Litigation

Question: Can a Trustee be removed because he did not inform the beneficiaries of the irrevocable trust when they came of age? This Trust is in Camden, New Jersey.

Maybe.

A trustee removal action can be a long and painful process, so no action should be taken without having an experienced New Jersey Surrogates Court attorney review the trust and interview the interested parties.

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Estate Litigation Mediation as an Alternative to Orphans’ Court Litigation

Posted on Mon Aug 25, 2014, on Estate Litigation

Normally, if a dispute regarding a Will or Trust cannot be settled between the parties, the dispute is heard by one of the Orphans’ Court Judges. These hearings can last several days, require months of preparation, may involve dozens of witnesses and experts costing the parties large sums of money. In some cases, this is the only way to settle the dispute. In other cases Mediation is a reasonable alternative to an Orphan’s Court hearing.

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Correctly Timing Orphans Court Discovery

Posted on Mon Jun 30, 2014, on Estate Litigation

Whenever a fiduciary files an Orphans’ Court Accounting, whether the filing is by an Agent under a Power of Attorney, a Trustee of a Trust or the Executor of an Estate, a person interested in that accounting has a handicap. The person filing the accounting has all the information; the beneficiary has only what the fiduciary has given them.

Interested persons do have a right to object to an accounting, but if, for example, the beneficiary does not have access to the bank statements, how exactly does the beneficiary know if the charges reflected on the accounting are accurate?

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Fiduciary Reporter selects and publishes Glen Ridenour’s important Pennsylvania estate litigation case

Posted on Fri Sep 6, 2013, on Estate Litigation

Case included in selected Pennsylvania cases involving trusts and decedent’s estates

One of Attorney Glen Ridenour’s estate litigation cases has been selected for publication by the Pennsylvania Fiduciary Reporter. The case, in the Orphans’ Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas of Chester County, deals with the Estate of Robert T. Fawley, Sr., deceased.

Read the full case in PDF or Word format.

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