Protecting Beneficiary Rights in Probate
Beneficiary rights take effect when someone passes away and leaves his property and assets to various heirs. Although it can take some time before beneficiaries end up receiving the inherited property, particularly if the probate proceedings are complicated or contentious , these beneficiaries should know that:
- They have rights.
- The experienced San Fernando Valley probate attorney at the Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman will aggressively defend their beneficiary rights in probate or in any legal setting.
The right to an accounting of all of an estate’s activities – When beneficiaries want to be updated about an estate’s activities, including any payments made or monies collected on behalf of an estate, beneficiaries have the right to request and promptly receive this information from the personal representative handling the estate in probate.
The right to challenge a will – When beneficiaries have reason to believe that a will or parts of it are not valid, they have the right to challenge the validity of wills as part of the probate proceedings.
The right to seek relief from a personal representative – Should beneficiaries feel that a personal representative is not a good fit for the estate, they have the right to seek relief from that personal representative (though it will be up to the court to make the final decision regarding this manner).
The right to sue for breach of fiduciary duties – In the event that beneficiaries believe that personal representatives have misused the funds of the estate or have otherwise breached their fiduciary duties, beneficiaries have the right to sue the personal representatives.
The right to have an attorney represent them – This is perhaps the most important beneficiary right people need to remember, as having an experienced attorney represent them can ensure that all of their rights are protected throughout probate.
When you want to ensure that your rights as a beneficiary are protected in probate, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted San Fernando Valley probate attorney at the Law Offices of Darrell C. Harriman. For more than 34 years, our San Fernando Valley probate lawyer has been committed to providing his clients with personalized, highly responsive service, as well as superior representation for their important legal matters.
If make the smart decision to move forward with our San Fernando Valley probate attorney, you can be confident that you will:
- Always receive clear answers and information about your case
- Have an experienced, skilled lawyer listening and responding to your legal concerns
- Have the best possible representation throughout the probate proceedings.
Let’s talk about your beneficiary rights today. You can contact our firm by calling (818) 892-7093 or by filling out the contact form on this page.
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