Topic Category 2: Estate administration and probate

| Aug 21, 2020 | Estate Administration & Probate |

When it comes time to administer a loved one’s estate, whether in the state of Michigan or elsewhere, most people just want to get it done and over with as quickly as possible. That can be difficult to do, though, if the executor is dragging his or her feet. If you are dealing with this type of situation, know that there are things you can do to move things along.

Being the executor of an estate is not an easy position to be in. There is a lot of responsibility that comes with that role. It can be overwhelming to some which may cause them to put off the administration process. For others, closing out a loved one’s estate may not seem like a priority, so they may choose not to take action in a timely manner.

Whatever an executor’s excuse for failing to fulfill his or her role, beneficiaries have every right to be concerned. Thankfully, they can do something about it. Just because an executor is designated, it does not mean he or she has to be the one to close out the estate. Beneficiaries may petition the court to have this individual removed from this role. If a second executor was named, this individual may request the primary executor be disqualified. Of course, the executor may also choose to step down on his or her own.

If you are dealing with an executor who is procrastinating, for whatever reason, the sooner you address the situation, the better. An experienced Michigan estate law attorney may be able to assist you in petitioning the court to have the executor dismissed. To learn more about how legal counsel can assist you with this and other estate administration issues, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.