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If the executor failed to act in a timely fashion then the executor is in breach of the executor's fiduciary duty to the beneficiaries of the estate. This is cause to remove the executor from her duties. Any beneficiary of the estate can file a petition with the probate
court requesting the court issue a notice for the executor to "show cause" why the executor should not be removed from her duties as executor. The executor will then be required to appear before the probate court and explain why they are not administering the estate timely. The removal of an executor is governed by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 190B, Section 3-611.
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