This post is being written to conclude and recap our series on Connecticut probate cases which involve some form of misconduct on the part of the executor or administrator. We considered it important to write on this topic as, for understandable reasons, the heirs often do not know how to proceed when they find themselves in such a situation. While this confusion is understandable, it is important to take immediate action. Failing to do so can result in the probate being delayed or, worse, the heirs not receiving their full inheritance. The goal of our recent articles was to provide information which will assist people in better understanding their situation. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance, then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed multiple topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- How to prevent a Connecticut executor or administrator’s appointment
- How to remove an executor or administrator in Connecticut
- Taking action when an executor or administrator has breached their fiduciary duty
- Remedies against an estate’s executor or administrator
There are multiple reasons why we chose to address these topics. First, if you have concerns about an executor or administrator then the best course of action is to prevent them from being appointed in the first place. Connecticut, however, will not allow you to prevent a fiduciary’s appointment simply because you disapprove of them. You must have specific grounds upon which you can challenge the appointment. Second, removing an executor or administrator requires the filing of an action with the Probate Court. It will be important that you do so immediately in order to delay the probate as little as possible. Third, there are times when an executor or administrator fails to meet their duty to the heirs. This can include self-dealing, the misappropriation of funds, and more. Finally, understanding what remedies are, and are not, available is important to deciding how you wish to proceed.
One point we stressed in each of these articles is to retain an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters if you have a dispute with an executor or administrator. This is a highly complicated area of law and what may, and what may not, constitute grounds for challenging the fiduciary will depend on the facts of the case. Retaining a representative who is experienced in such matters helps to ensure that your case is handled correctly.
If you are in need of assistance, then contact us today to speak with a Hartford probate lawyer. We have been serving the community for decades and we are proud of the level of service which we provide to our clients. We know that this is an important time in your life and we will give your case the attention it deserves. We look forward to speaking with you. We also service the Connecticut areas of Wethersfield, New Britain, Rocky Hill, East and West Hartford, Bristol, Glastonbury, and Manchester, as well as the Middlesex County cities of Middletown and Cromwell.