Q: How do i take action to enforce this?
A: Print out the email and attach it, along with your copy of the signed original, to a petition form and take it to probate court. Tell 'em you want to enforce the settlement.
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Attorney Carrier has provided you with probably the easiest practical solution. The judge will prevent the executor from playing games. The only down side is that it will take time and cost money to do this. You are far better off working this out outside of court, if you can do so. I just do not see how that will happen, given the executor's actions, to this point.
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While I don't disagree with the other attorneys that the courts can enforce a settlement, it could be a lot more difficult than you'd like. I'd start by contacting the lawyer for the estate and only if that doesn't work go on to court. If the executor is the lawyer for the estate, then I wonder if your understanding of the facts is correct because it would be unusual for a lawyer to agree on a settlement and then blatantly breach the settlement agreement. You likely will have a difficult case if you are going pro se against an executor who also is a lawyer. Lawrence Friedman, Bridgewater, NJ. Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the ABA approved National Elder Law Foundation, former Chair NJ State Bar Association Elder and Disabilities Law Section, Member Board of Consultors of NJSBA Real Property, Trusts & Estates Law Section, Vice Chair Special Needs Law Section of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Master of Laws (L.L.M.) in Taxation from N.Y.U. School of Law.