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New heir? Here's what to know if you weren't notified

If you are going to be an heir to an estate, it's important that you know what you need to do when your loved one passes. As an heir, you may need to wait for the estate's executor to pay creditors, taxes and to locate the will before you can get what you're owed.

As an heir, it's essential that you are aware that you're included in the will. Why? Some executors may go as far as to fail to notify you, which could hurt your ability to collect what you owe.

What should you do if you're not notified of a loved one's death or an inheritance that was left behind for you?

Executors have a fiduciary duty and the responsibility of notifying all named parties in a will of the will and any inheritance they're entitled to. Failing to do so is a breach of fiduciary duty, and you could use that breach to take the executor to court. In worst-case scenarios, the assets won't be available any longer, so the executor may have to be held legally liable for what you haven't received and compensate you accordingly.

What should you do if you don't trust the estate's executor?

If you don't trust the executor, keep a close eye on them. You may want to reach out to your attorney to make sure they're in touch with them as well so that the executor knows that you're looking out for your best interests and will be watching if you are not promptly notified after the death of your loved one.

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