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1. Dear Deb, the first thing you should be aware of, is that an executor or executors, such as your sisters, are entitled to take reasonable expenses that are concerned with administering the estate from the monies in the estate, so that they are not out of pocket resulting from administering the estate. Whilst being an executor is a gratuitous office, which does not involve any pay, reasonable expenses are payable so long as they are incurred in administering the estate. Secondly, so long as any monies disbursed prior to the end of probate are in the form of an interim distribution, it is perfectly lawful for executors to pay monies over to the individual beneficiaries, as it is ultimately the beneficiaries who are entitled to the monies. The executors don't have to await the completion of probate in order that they are able to distribute the assets in the estate.
2. IN relation to the executors bank account, there is no rule of law that an individual beneficiary is entitled to disclosure of the executors bank account. This is something which only the executors are privy to. The residuary legatee (ie the person entitled to the remainder left over after all the specific bequests are distributed) is entitled to an account of the estate and how it was distributed. However, no one else is entitled to the accounts of the estate which has been administered by the executors. Nor is any person entitled to disclosure of the bank accounts of the executors.
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