Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you .
You should consider your own lawyer to represent your interests and that of grandmother.There appears to be some shenanigans and your grandmother and you need to protect her interests and yours.It does not appear they are including her, it may be they have misspent the funds, or hidden them away or another breaches of fiduciary duties.Your own lawyer can investigate this and see whether a suit is warranted and seek court ordered accounting of the entire estate.Only then will you be able to see what has gone on, what assets are left , what are missing, etc.
Otherwise these guys are ahead of the curve and seem to be proceeding without grandmother or you in the loop.Lawyer would be money well spent because this appears to be problematic and they aren't being straight with you in all of this.You can still affect a change of direction through your lawyer here.
I appreciate the chance to help you today.I wish you the best.Let me know if you have more follow up.
Also the executor here can be removed for such breaches of fiduciary duties and failure to communicate.
Probate lawyer referral here.
The six month frame would be to contest the will itself.If this person violated their duties there is personal liability for that and removal is possible by the court, no time limits on that here since probate is still open.
If you are referring to the ashes issue concur here with prior answer they go to who she designated to receive them.
Probate typically remains open a year to 18 months.If there is real estate or other items to sell it can be longer depending on how hard to sell.
You would need a court order from probate judge on the ashes otherwise trustee has possession under this language.I have seen judges split the ashes as a means to resolve it.