The executor of my parent’s estate is behaving badly – no communication, lack of transparency, etc. I’m afraid that a full blown will contest would be cost prohibitive; but, I do have questions that are not getting answered, and I am anticipating problems with the final estate inventory and accounting. I want to retain an attorney to help with this, but my problem is that I live near Philadelphia, Pa, and the estate is near Erie, Pa. It is roughly a 12 hour roundtrip, and I can’t drive at this time. It would be a hardship for me to have to travel that far just to meet with an attorney. Do I have to have an attorney from near the estate in Erie, or could an attorney near me here in Philadelphia handle a review of and a possible challenge of the final estate inventory and accounting?
It is difficult to say if you have a case or not. I review of the documents would shed some light on the matter. You can hire someone in Philadelphia for a preliminary review and if warranted you should hire someone in Erie. good luck.
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While it might be better, and more practical, to have an attorney in Erie, any attorney admitted to practice in Pennsylvania should be able to assist you.
Mr. Kuldiner's answer makes sense. Many attorneys offer free initial consultation. Let the local professional spot the legal issues and advise you. If it is determined ultimately that you have objections to the Final Accounting, or if you wish to file a Citation with the Erie County Register of Wills it is best to hire someone who knows the local ins and outs of practice in the foreign jurisdiction.
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Any attorney experienced in probate matters and licensed /admitted to practice in Pennsylvania would be able to assist you. Good luck.
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