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December 2016 Archives

Handling breach of fiduciary duty allegations

If you are the administrator or executor of an estate, you may have all sorts of responsibilities, challenges and concerns, such as ensuring that assets are correctly distributed to beneficiaries. However, if you are facing accusations related to breach of your fiduciary duties, you could find yourself in court and may face harsh consequences. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., we know firsthand how troubling these allegations can be for executors in Jamaica, and other parts of New York.

Taking a look at undue influence

Whether an executor fails to carry out their duties or beneficiaries suspect fraud, there are many reasons why people choose to contest a will. However, it is especially important to develop an understanding of undue influence and how people are manipulated when creating a will. In Jamaica, and cities throughout the entire state of New York, families who suspect that a loved one was under coercion at the time they signed the will should examine all of their options.

Having an executor removed

When it comes to removing executors from estates, there are many issues that those involved may have to consider. For example, you may be listed as a beneficiary and feel that the executor is not performing his or her responsibilities properly. Or, perhaps you have been named an executor and are being falsely accused of wrongdoing. The law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge recognizes the various challenges that people face over the removal of an executor in Jamaica, and the rest of New York.

Standing up for your rights as an executor

If you have been named the executor of a loved one's estate, you may be facing a plethora of challenges. Not only do executors often experience emotional pain and a considerable amount of stress related to handling the estate, some find themselves in the middle of a dispute with family members. In Jamaica, and across New York, it is pivotal to understand your responsibilities and rights as the executor. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, we are very familiar with the difficulties executors may encounter.

Do I really need a probate lawyer?

If you are involved in the estate of recently deceased person, then you probably already know that the state maintains procedures for how to deal with the estate of an individual who passes away. Unless some significant effort has gone into estate planning to avoid the probate process, the estate of a decedent will have to pass through probate.