Q: Does my sister have to tell me what's happening with my father's estate in probate?
My father's estate has been in probate for three years. Two of my sisters were assigned as executors of his will. One of my other sisters wasn't happy that it was taking so long so she threatened the sister in the no. 2 chair to sign her executor power over to her or she'll take her to court. It worked, so now the #2 chair sister isn't disclosing to certain sisters (there's six of us) what's going on with the case or even in she changed lawyers or not. Do I have a legal right to full disclosure of the status of my parents estate? When I ask her she replies that it's none of my business. How do I got about getting her legally to relinquish the progress or lack there of with probate? Thank-you for any advice you may have.
A: Hello, you can check the Probate Court's records in person or on line. There should have been an Inventory circulated to the heirs and there should be Accounts by now as well. Meet with a Probate attorney to discuss whether a Petition to Render Inventory and Accounts would be helpful- Maybe the sisters filed an Informal Probate Petition and maybe you should file a Formal Petition . These questions can't be answered in this type of forum, but, If you take no action it appears that nothing will happen.
Anthony C. Adamopoulos agrees with this answer
A: You have the right to go to the Probate Court that is handling your father's estate. You were told the name of the Probate Court when your sister notified you as a result of filing your father's will for probate. Since you use the term executor, a term no longer used, it had to be as a result of the probating of a will.
You may examine all the papers.
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