Legal Question in Wills and Trusts in New Jersey

Can an executor move into an estate without agreement/lease/paying rent to the beneficiaries while it is still in probate in the state of NJ? If not, what should I do to legally protect myself in court, if needed?

Asked on 7/15/13, 1:49 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Kevin Pollock Law Office of Kevin A. Pollock LLC

I presume you mean that the executor has moved into a house owned by the decedent. If so, that may be a breach of his fiduciary duty. I would recommend consulting with an attorney about whether you should go to court to have him removed. (Note, an executor does have a duty to safeguard this property, so simply keeping others out is well within his role as he decides how to proceed with disposing of assets and selling it.)

Best of luck,

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Answered on 7/15/13, 2:04 pm

Robert Davies The Davies Law Firm, P.A.

This really depends on what is going on in the situation.

The executor needs a good lawyer. If that is you, please call me.

Robert Davies, Esq.

201 820 3460

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Answered on 7/15/13, 2:20 pm
Walter LeVine Walter D. LeVine, Esq.

Kevin is probably correct. However, if the executor is also an heir entitled to a portion of the estate, some rental payment is the proper way to go. A fair rental is the market rent offset by the Executor's share of the estate. If the Executor is not an heir, the full rental would be paid. Of course, an occupied house is better than an unoccupied one, so some leeway might be appropriate. If the Executor refuses, litigation by the heirs might be required.

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Answered on 7/15/13, 4:09 pm

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