Reston, VA asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Virginia

Q: Is it illegal for a non executor of a will to prevent an executor from doing his or her job?

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Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Every state in which I practice gives executors, administrators, and personal representatives powers to accomplish their objectives. If you don't know what those powers are or how to use them, you need to retain counsel. The estate can pay for that legal advice, so it isn't coming out of your pocket. If you fail to use your powers and a beneficiary interferes with your job, the beneficiary or the court may then file suit against you or seek to remove you for failing to do your job.

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