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Does my sister,who is an executor of my mom's will have to provide me (who is an heir) with an accounting of my mother's estate?

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My sister has not divulged any info of the estate or her handling of my mother's estate with regard to paying for various costs. I asked her and she told me that legally she does not have to provide any info to me, just if I am to inherit anything. Is there a time period involved where she has to provide me with the info?

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Hello ...

Your sister does have to provide an Accounting of every penny of the Estate's details. It is part of her fiduciary responsibilities and any judge would make her provide one in a microsecond.

She is not being honest with you (from what I gather from your statements).

Good Luck ...


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Does she have to provide it at the end of the process or during?

John B. Whalen Jr.

John B. Whalen Jr.


Are you receiving anything in the will and have you seen the copy of the will?



Yes, her estate is split between her kids. No, we haven't seen the will


You seem to say you are a heir and your sister seems to say in your narrative that you are not.
All beneificiaries are entitled to a full accounting in probate and trust admionistration.

The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of action is to have legal representation in this matter.


In PA if you are a named beneficiary in a will OR an heir at law (which you appear to be), you are entitled to notice and a copy of the will. You may not receive anything in said will but you are entitled to notice. I would also be entitled to an accounting - she may not provide it voluntarily or on an informal basis but if need be you could hire an attorney to force it through a demand for accounting in court.

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