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.
If you are an executor who is trying to contact those who were named in a will to distribute the decedent’s property, you may be in a difficult position. For example, you could be involved in a dispute with beneficiaries. In some cases, beneficiaries falsely accuse an executor of playing favorites or mismanaging assets in an attempt to have the executor removed.
Unfortunately, people who are going through this often have strong emotions and these standoffs can make life even more difficult for families who are trying to come to grips with the passing of a loved one. Although you should attempt to secure an outcome that is positive for those involved, you should not allow your rights to be trampled on. After all, managing an estate can be very complicated and executors do not deserve unnecessary troubles.
If you visit our page on removing an executor, you can read more about some of the legal issues that the executor of an estate may face.