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My aunt died a year and a half ago. A year ago both my mom

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My aunt died a year and a half ago. A year ago both my mom and myself received a copy of the Revocable Trust Indenture which names us beneficiaries of several different stocks. My cousin is the trustee. Only just recently did we receive forms in the mail to initiate transfer of one of the stocks. We have no idea what the next steps are, and why we did not receive such forms for the other stocks. When I email my cousin she just says we will get info "soon" but she has said that months ago and never provides any kind of real info as to what the process and timetable really is. I don't want to be bothersome, but after a year and a half shouldn't we at least get some detailed info? We never received any accounting as to how many shares, etc. I don't want to get on her "bad side" by getting nasty or anything, but both my Mom and I are unsure as to how long this really will drag out, and if it really does need to take this long. Any advise?

Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will assist you today. The time frame you mention does seem excessive. You are entitled to a full accounting of the trust each year. You must request such an accounting in writing and the trustee must respond. This should include all assets in the trust.


You can also ask for a statement of how the assets have been distributed in the trust. If you feel the trustee is mishandling the assets or failing her duties with respect to the trust you can bring an action against her for breach of fiduciary trust and or have the current trustee removed.


Since the trust is in PA. You should ask for a complete accounting of the trust, and get an explanation of why the assets have not been distributed in writing (certified mail). If the answers raise concerns, you should hire an attorney in California to look into the situation and take the appropriate action.


Be sure to keep copies of all correspondence, and keep a log of all communications with the trustee.


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