My sister has not provided me with my father’s will, death certificate, his bank statements ( which she still has open after death) and any other legal documents of interest. I am afraid to give up my PR rights at this point in time because I am not sure of her honesty and integrity concerning my father’s estate.
ATTORNEY ANSWER BY MARGARET L. CROSS BELIVEAU:
The Personal Representative is named in the Will. You do not automatically have a right to be PR if the will has not named you. If it has been months since your father’s death, you should consult an attorney. The PR has a duty to file the will in a timely manner.
Until a PR is appointed, no one has authority over probate assets. It is normal for the bank accounts to still be open. Once a PR is appointed, those accounts will be transferred to estate accounts.
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