From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My husband received a small sum from his aunt’s estate. We looked up the will ourselves at the Camden County Surrogate, and we believe he should have gotten more. The executor will not answer our questions. What can we do?
As an heir listed in the will, your husband has the legal right to force the executor to account for the estate. In New Jersey, the executor (or personal representative) is given a great deal of freedom without official oversight. The system counts on the heirs bringing all claims to the Surrogate’s attention. In your husband’s case, he should have a Camden County Surrogates Court litigator file a Petition for Accounting and the judge will force the executor to answer your questions and explain when the remaining assets will arrive.
If you have questions about Probate or Estate Litigation in Camden County, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.