What are the indicators of improper estate administration?

What are the indicators of improper estate administration?

On Behalf of | Jul 11, 2024 | Probate And Estate Administration |

Losing a loved one brings emotional turmoil, and the last thing you need is to worry about the handling of their estate. However, for many beneficiaries, nagging doubts can arise during the probate process.

This blog will shed light on critical warning signs that indicate the mishandling of an estate. Whether you are a beneficiary or simply curious about the process, understanding these red flags may help protect your interests and honor your loved one’s wishes.

Signs of executor mismanagement

Unreasonable delays in distributing assets can indicate that the executor may be mishandling the decedent’s estate. Delays in making decisions, administering assets, filing paperwork or distributing funds may also suggest that something might be wrong.

Be alert if your inheritance allocation is postponed beyond the date the executor initially promised. This delay may have occurred because the executor was intentionally withholding distributions, even if this was well outside their rights.

As a beneficiary, you should be concerned if communication from the executor is sparse or nonexistent. Lack of updates can be a significant red flag in estate administration.

Remember, as an inheritor, you have the right to stay informed throughout the entire process. If the executor keeps you out of the loop, it could indicate mismanagement of the estate.

Protect the wishes of your loved ones

Estate mishandling can cause stress and financial harm to beneficiaries. As an inheritor, you have the right to ask questions and seek clarity about the probate process.

You may contact an experienced attorney if you suspect the executor is cutting corners or engaging in other unlawful behavior. They can guide you through your options and support you if you decide to take legal action.