My car was impounded last night, I've been calling my estate lawyer all day but I can't reach her. I need my vehicle! Can I sell off a few shares of my inherited stock on my own, or do I have to use my lawyer? Every day it's going to cost me more money, I can't wait a week if she's on vacation. :(
If the stock has already been distributed to you as the beneficiary of the estate then you should not need to discuss it with the estate lawyer.
If it is still in the estate, then you should contact the Personal Representative. If you are the personal representative then you should wait. It not advisable to make distributions without following the required probate process.
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If the estate has not settled, then none of the assets have been distributed and none of the assets are yours yet. You cannot do anything. You can however hire an attorney to petition for a preliminary distribution (but this will likely take over a month as it is a noticed hearing). You can also try to take a loan out against your share of the estate. Please note, however, that the personal representative has the discretion and may reject the loan, but if he/she accepts the loan, you will be responsible for interest.
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Has the stock already been distributed to you? If so it is yours to do with as you want. If not, you will need to wait for the PR to make the distribution which may be delayed for a number of reasons.
Since you have a lawyer, it is not ethical for anyone on this site to give you advice on this situation, other than "speak to your lawyer." If the lawyer makes a habit of being "mia", then you may need a different lawyer.
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