Trust and estate disputes can be complex and emotionally charged, especially when a trustee or executor fails to fulfill their duties. At Gaudy Law, we understand the challenges you may face when dealing with these issues. Our experienced team is here to provide guidance and advocacy to ensure your rights are protected and your interests are served.

Common Questions Regarding Trustees and Executors:

What do I do if a trustee or an executor doesn’t seem to be doing their job, is not keeping me informed, or is refusing to distribute the estate in any way?

If you’re facing issues with a trustee or executor, it’s important to seek legal guidance promptly. Our team can help you understand your rights and options for addressing the situation effectively. If you’re not located in California, we recommend reaching out to an attorney near you and explaining your exact situation.

Is there a way to be able to keep the executors accountable to what they are doing?

Yes, there are legal mechanisms in place to hold trustees and executors accountable for their actions. We can assist you in ensuring that trustees fulfill their fiduciary duties and comply with their obligations under the law.

Can a Trustee Sell Trust Property Without All Beneficiaries Approving?

>In some cases, a trustee may have the authority to sell trust property without unanimous beneficiary approval, depending on the terms of the trust and applicable state laws. However, the trustee is generally required to act in the best interests of all beneficiaries and adhere to the trust’s provisions.

What Happens When a Trustee Does Not Follow the Trust?

If a trustee fails to comply with the terms of the trust or breaches their fiduciary duties, beneficiaries may have grounds to pursue legal action. This could involve seeking removal of the trustee, compelling them to adhere to the trust’s provisions, or pursuing damages for any losses incurred.

Can a Trustee Withhold Money from a Beneficiary?

Trustees are obligated to act impartially and in the best interests of all beneficiaries. Withholding money from a beneficiary without valid justification could constitute a breach of fiduciary duty and may lead to legal consequences.

Can a Trustee Go to Jail for Stealing from Trust?

Yes, trustees who engage in theft or embezzlement from a trust can face serious legal repercussions, including criminal charges. Misappropriating trust assets is a breach of fiduciary duty and may result in civil litigation and criminal prosecution.

Is Stealing from a Trust a Felony?

Depending on the jurisdiction and the amount of money or assets involved, stealing from a trust may constitute a felony offense. Penalties can vary depending on the severity of the theft and other factors.

Can You Sue a Trustee of a Trust?

Beneficiaries who believe their rights have been violated by a trustee’s actions or inactions have the right to pursue legal remedies through civil litigation. This may involve seeking removal of the trustee, recovering misappropriated assets, or obtaining damages for losses incurred.

Trustee Refuses to Give Accounting:

Beneficiaries are entitled to receive an accurate and complete accounting of the trust’s financial activities from the trustee. If the trustee refuses to provide this information, beneficiaries may take legal action to compel compliance and hold the trustee accountable.


Dealing with a trustee or executor who fails to fulfill their obligations can be challenging, but you don’t have to navigate these issues alone. Gaudy Law is here to provide you with the guidance and support you need to protect your rights and interests. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can assist you with your trust and estate dispute.

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