all assets have been liquidated since July 2012 without mutual consent or prior notification. All requests by the other 3 heirs have been ignored. Every couple of months the executor comes up with a new reason she can't distribute the estate to the heirs. She refuses all demands for a full accounting. I believe my sister used undue influence to become POA in 2004, later appointed executor, & was gifted 2 acres of land as well. As executor she started a bidding war between me & her over a jewelry box listed as $0.00 in the inventory 2 months after I requested it as part of my share of the estate. She opened auction for the jewelry box twice & I outbid her but she will not release it to me claiming she "wants to keep in the family." What can I do to force disclosure & distribute assets?
Once the estate is open for 15 months, you can formally (in writing) request an accounting from the Executor pursuant to Texas Probate Code Sec. 149A. If the Executor refuses to provide the accounting to you, then you have grounds to have her removed. If you get that far and want to have her removed, you will have to retain an attorney to file an Application to Remove Executor. If you believe she is guilty of self-dealing, you would have another ground for her removal. If you are successful in removing her, the cost (attorney and filing fees) you incurred could be assessed against her share. You need a good probate litigation attorney! Good Luck!
I hate to answer your question with the usual "get a lawyer" response, but you are going to find that some investment in professional help will go a long way here. My colleague has excellently laid out your rights and remedies. If you're serious about protecting and pursuing them, you'll contact an attorney that practices in this area near you to hire the help that you'll need.
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You have posted this question a number of times and gotten essentially the same response. You are not going to be able to resolve this case on the internet. You need to meet with an attorney face to face to present your evidence and see if it is enough to warrant a claim.
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