I'm sorry for your loss. Given these circumstances, you need to retain your own attorney. He or she will make sure that you obtain as much information from the Executor as the law in your father's jurisdiction allows. Good luck to you.
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there are times during probate administration when there is really nothing to report. A beneficiary should be entitled to an Inventory and any amended inventories, an Annual Accounting, and copies of pleadings. It appears that this estate has been open a long time - much longer than one would expect. But, if the will was a testamentary trust, administration must go on until the trust is over. It appears that you are receiving more information than most beneficiaries. You could show a copy of the will/trust and the documetns you have received to an estate administration attorney for an opinion on whawt you should expect.
You are entitled to certain information but at this early stage there may not be much to report and dealing with your inquires may only cost the estate money. That's not to say a simple letter stating "we will know more by x date" isn't in order. If you truly feel you are not getting answers or being mislead, you should hire your own attorney. Attorneys usually respond to other attorneys. The attorney for the executor represents the executor, not you. I'm not sure if you mean anything by it, but the fact that you are the closest relative doesn't really mean much, especially when there is a will - that is why people are free to choose their own executors.
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I agree with my colleagues. There are long periods of time during probate administration where virtually nothing takes place. To assume that there is constant and continuous action taking place is completely erroneous. So it is VERY likely that the reason you have not heard from the attorney of the executor is that there is nothing to tell you.
You are entitled by law to certain information and documentation, but this happens only at certain intervals. Those intervals can be a very long time. Annual accounts are only prepared once a year, for example.
If you believe there is information that is being wrongly kept from you, you can always review the probate file with the court. Or if it will help you feel more connected to the estate, you can take Mr. Pankowski's advice and retain your own attorney, so you can contact him/her periodically to make sure that you have received what you are entitled to.
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