Whether a beneficiary accuses you of failing to distribute the assets of an estate correctly or misusing funds for your personal benefit, there are different reasons why you could become involved in a dispute as the administrator of an estate. In the event that such a dispute arises, it is critical to understand your options and outline the best course of action.
Every estate dispute requires an individualized approach. Sometimes, executors resolve these disputes outside of court, but litigation becomes unavoidable in certain instances. The outcome of an estate dispute could have a significant impact on your personal life and affect the entire family.
Reviewing your duties as an estate administrator
In order to stand up for your rights or avoid a dispute altogether, it is vital to have a clear understanding of your responsibilities. Mercer County covers the process of administrating an estate in New Jersey, which includes going over the estate’s debts and assets, sending a notice to all beneficiaries within 60 days from the date of probate and communicating with beneficiaries throughout the process.
As an administrator, it is also imperative to review tax-related issues, which could include the payment of estate taxes.
Addressing a dispute during estate administration
Estate disputes surface for a host of reasons during administration, from disgruntled beneficiaries to misunderstandings. If a beneficiary accuses you of wrongdoing, it is essential to take a careful look at the details surrounding the incident(s) and gather as much evidence as possible. As the administrator of an estate, you should try to reduce tensions when handling these disagreements and understand how they can affect relationships between family members.