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California trust law, when can an executor be removed from the estate

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what are some reasons to have an exectutor removed from the estate

I am a beneficiary of a trust . I can not get the trustee to return my calls nor have a gotten a accounting statement. The list of assets are incorrect also. My Uncle has been deceaed for over a year now and things still arent settled. I am told that the trustee is too ill to talk with anyone so her office manger is handling the trust right now. There is a clause that states if the trustee can not fullfill her duties that the next person in line is to take over. Would her absence and lack of communication be a valid reason to remove her?

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The person in charge of a trust, is usually the trustee. The executor is in charge of the will. To remove them you would have to show breach of duty, conflict of interest, or undue influence.

Talk to a local attorney immediately to protect your rights.



As Mr. Stone explained, there is a difference between a trustee of a trust and an executor of an estate. The trust document or the will may contain terms that supplant or supplement Probate law. So if you're wanting to remove a trustee, the trust document will also have to be reviewed, and to remove an executor the will must be reviewed. (If there is an executor of an estate without a will (intestacy) then the Probate Code alone applies.)

It's imperative that you consult with an attorney, because a trust or a will often contains a "no contest" clause which, if violated by a beneficiary or heir, could cause him or her to lose all rights to take under the trust or will. A competent attorney will no how to avoid that dire consequence. (We take cases all over southern California, including Orange County - feel free to contact me.)

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Please describe what's going on and we can advise you if there is a basis for removal of the trustee or executor.