We filed a claim against an estate for moneys owed due to work performed and misc other things. The executor has received the claims (as communicated through a known associate) yet they haven't paid me or responded to my claim. Is there a time frame we are suppose to wait? Can I go to court at this point and sue the personal representative or the estate? What should typically be my next steps before hiring counsel.
More information is needed in order to advise what your next step should be. When was the estate opened, when was this claim made, was it made properly through the register of wills and sent to the PR? If all was done on time and properly, the PR will approve or disallow the claim.
In addition to Mr. Kaplan's statements, with which I agree, if the Personal Representative fails to act on the claim within the required time period, then it is deemed to have been denied, and you may file a Petition with the Orphans' Court seeking to have it allowed. Tight timelines apply. I advise you consult with an estates and trusts lawyer.
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