Customer: if a respondent objects to or contests an Application for Letters of Administration stating "Specifically, the Respondent disputes that “[t]here is a necessity for administration of the Estate
of the Decedent to investigate assets and claims of the Estate and take possession of property of the Estate” can they then later submit a claim against the estate requesting reimbursement for expenses in excess of $30,000?
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Decedent died intestate
took control of estate - changed locks on home & removed property, laid claim to life insurance policy, expended $20k+ on funeral when decedent requested cremation, changed names and address & forwarded all mail coming to decedents home. I retained an attorney who advised that an application for admin was needed and that this would be a simple process to have admin appointed. Opposing counsel objected stating no need for Administration due to no claims and no further assets - told my attorney not to file application or it would cost me more & I would look petty. Since then my attorney has taken a backseat. Administrator has done some questionable things regarding the estate but my attorney said the Judge has a relationship with Administrator and there is nothing that can be done. Notice to creditors was posted in early June - claim of $30K was made 11/23/15 so far Admin has neither accepted or rejected claim. He was also to subpoena documents re: validity of beneficiary (heir says the decedent "called in" and changed beneficiary to her & that there isn't proof of designation. It has been substantiated that when decedent retired there was no designation made on original paperwork)
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