Steele Law Offices, LLC

Your hometown attorney for life’s legal matters

Call 618-288-9591
to speak with Randall 

Steele Law Offices, LLC

Your home town attorney for life’s legal matters

Personally investing in each client’s legal
objectives and achieving those goals together.

Personally investing in each client’s legal
objectives and achieving those goals together.

What Are My Rights As A Beneficiary?

An estate executor or administrator and the attorney that they work with during the probate process do not necessarily represent your interests as a beneficiary. They are, however, responsible for protecting the assets in the estate and have some fiduciary duty to beneficiaries as a result.

While most beneficiaries do not need legal representation, there are instances where you may be well-advised to seek counsel from an experienced lawyer. For example:

  • If the executor has failed to inform you that you were named in the will, or will not tell you the extent of your inheritance outlined in the will — the executor is under no legal obligation to furnish you with a copy of the will or provide information about the inheritance of other beneficiaries but you should be informed that you were named. 
  • If you believe the executor has committed a breach of fiduciary duty — e.g., if they have taken money from the estate through fraudulent means, or is acting in self-interest as opposed to the interest of protecting assets and beneficiaries, or has failed to record financial activity
  • If you need to challenge or contest a will — in cases of a benefactor’s mental or physical incapacity giving way to a beneficiary’s manipulation (called “undue influence”) , or the legal status of wills and trusts being called into question because of forgery or destroyed documents

As the principal of Steele Law Offices, LLC, I can help you understand whether your rights have been violated and what action you can take to remedy the situation. I am Glen Carbon attorney Randall P. Steele and i have helped people understand their legal rights for over 30 years. I am available to personally answer your questions about estate planning, heirs and beneficiaries. I have worked hard to earn my longstanding reputation as a trusted source of legal guidance and to provide outstanding results for clients throughout Illinois.

Get Personal, Professional Legal Guidance As A Beneficiary

Whether taking action through settlement negotiation, compelling an executor to act through legal assertions or taking matters to court, I can help you achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Contact me at my office online or by telephone at 618-288-9591 for more information. I look forward to helping you resolve your issues with clear communication and personal service.