By: David M. Frees III & Steve Lagoy
Mediation can and has been effectively used to avoid suing an executor who breached his or her responsibility to a decedent’s estate in Pennsylvania. You may benefit by discussing the details of your situation with a mediation attorney.
An executor is required by law to settle and distribute the assets of a decedent’s estate as efficiently and expeditiously as is consistent with the best interests of the estate and the final will and testament of the decedent.
That executor has a financial responsibility to also act in the best interests of the beneficiaries of the will, and is obliged to handle all matters relating to the estate with impartiality to ensure the estate is disposed of in accordance with the decedent’s wishes.
In such instances that the executor fails to uphold this duty, one or multiple parties may think that suing an executor is the best course of action. In certain jurisdictions, any improper managing of the decedent’s estate can result in a filing against the executor, who acts as both representative and manager of the estate during its probate term.
The best way to avoid estate disputes is to undertake advanced estate planning. As estates and families become larger and more complex, estate disputes are becoming more likely to break out, and these conflicts cost not only time and money, but also fray the bonds between family members.
To learn more about how a thorough estate plan can be crafted for you and your family to protect your future interests, speak with a Pennsylvania estate attorney. If you’re currently locked in a dispute with the executor of your family member’s estate, call our mediation attorney team to schedule a consultation.
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