Whatt o do if my sister was appointed administrator of my dad’s sizable estate since his executors predeceased him and she abusing her authority?

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Whatt o do if my sister was appointed administrator of my dad’s sizable estate since his executors predeceased him and she abusing her authority?

She has changed the locks on the doors to his house and told me i am only allowed there when she is present, even though I still have some personal possessions there. She plans to hire an unemployed acquaintance to disgard everything in the house. I know there are valuable/sentimental items/important papers in there; what are my rights as far as having access to the house? Dad had a large gun collection worth upwards of $100,000. My sister plans on having a friend-of-a-friend appraise the collection; we do not otherwise know this person. Do I, as an heir, have the right to request/demand the acquaintance and “appraiser” be bonded??

Asked on December 11, 2012 under Estate Planning, New Jersey

Answers:

Victor Waid / Law Office of Victor Waid

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to obtain probate litigation counsel to file a petition into probate court to have you appointed administrator and to obtain a court order to prevent your sister from selling or transferring anything until the court allows her to do so, as the court has to appoint an estate appraiser to value the estate. Don't delay.


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