Arlington, VA asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for District of Columbia

Q: Only child/Executor of parents' estate. Aunt offers to pay for an executor atty for my mom. How do I get her to cease

I am an adult only child and through recent estate planning have been named Executor to my parents' estate. My parents are elderly and vulnerable. My father has Alzheimer's disease. My 80-year old aunt has invited herself to visit to take care of my mother during her recovery from surgery in a couple weeks. She has slyly brought up to my mother that she thinks I ought not be Executor and that she would pay for an attorney to be executor for my parents. (I recognize there is the very real possibility that I would need to hire an attorney to assist me in the Executor role). I'm sure Aunt could pay for it and if she were to pass on she might have the backing of my cousins. But why? Aunt refuses to discuss it with me when confronted. Accompanying her on this trip is a relative who probated a distant cousins' Will.

I'm terrified.

How do I get her to cease and desist? I've even entertained the thought of restraining order, but that strikes me as crazy.

1 Lawyer Answer

Richard Sternberg

Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in District of Columbia

A: If you are the sole beneficiary in the Will, you might be able to handle it, but a legal consult can’t hurt. Sometimes, having a lawyer as PR is a wise choice, and lawyers can’t charge twice for their roles as PR and counsel. But, if you are worried about undue influence from your Aunt, it might be wise to consult a lawyer now.

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