If I have legal representation, and the petition to probate has a court hearing date assigned, and I believe my siblings may contest me being appointed as Executor is it best to be at the hearing in person as well or not go and wait to see what the outcome of the court hearing is. I've been told if I go to the hearing I won't be able to say or do anything anyway. What do you advise your clients in a similiar situation to do?
Criminal Defense Attorney
I feel the answer is "yes." Speak with your probate attorney.
This is a question you should ask your attorney. Then, follow that advice.
Most probate hearings are perfunctory. If the notes are cleared and no objections have been filed the matter will either be approved or continued if an objection is made at the hearing.
In 99.9% of the cases your appearance will not make any difference to the outcome. IMO, whether you attend is simply a matter of your personal preference. Good luck.
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Estate Planning Attorney
Most likely-any petition to object to your appointment would be filed and your attorney would be aware of the situation. You should discuss with your attorney and take his/her advice.
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.
Estate Planning Attorney
If you believe it will be contested, I would advise my client to attend