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Good afternoon. This estate and your father's assets are not your step aunt-in-law's personal piggy bank. Once administration begins, the executor has a fiduciary duty
to each beneficiary
and each beneficiary is entitled to a copy of the full inventory of assets and periodic accounting of every dime in and out of the estate. A typical estate, presuming no unusual complexity can be completed with 6-9 months of the date of death. It certainly should be completed within 1 year. If she, as the executor, fails to produce the inventory, periodic accounting, or fails to timely administer the estate, you can file to have her removed as executor for breach of fiduciary duty. If there is any misappropriation of estate assets, you can also ask the court to award actual and punitive damages
against her. I think you've been patient enough at this point. I would send her a letter by certified mail giving her no more than 30 days to complete administration. I would let her know otherwise you have no choice but to file to have her removed and an audit of the estate to be conducted.
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