Ellettsville, IN asked in Probate for Ohio

Q: Executor/successor trustee is maintaining accounts for own personal use, 18 months after closure of estate and more

than a year after trust settled. The trustee was an equal co-beneficiary. Has claimed that all accounts are closed. Respective attorneys apparently have accepted that assurance. Trustee has ignored repeated requests from fellow beneficiaries for closing statements - requests beginning more than a year ago. I have contacted the financial institutions and have all the circumstantial evidence I need to convince me that trustee is maintaining trust accounts as if the deceased is still alive, or in some cases under the estate. Do I have a right to demand, from the trustee, letters from each financial institution, verifying that there are NO open accounts under deceased's SS or trust's EIN?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Aaron Epling
Aaron Epling
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Hilliard, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: What is the issue here? Are you concerned that the trustee didn't distribute all the money? If so, this would be alarming. But, if you're concerned that the trustee has kept a checking account open after all money has been distributed, and is using the account for personal reasons, then this is less alarming.

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