Date: 11 Sep, 2019| Author: Fred Streiman

The law is the following:

  1. The Superior Court of Justice has inherent jurisdiction to remove trustees.
  2. The choice of the estate trustee is not be interfered with lightly.
  3. Removing an executor should only occur on the clearest cases and where there is no other realistic alternative.
  4. Anyone who has a financial interest in the estate may apply to remove an executor. The court’s main guide in deciding whether or not to remove an executor is the welfare of the beneficiaries.
  5. The parties seeking to remove an executor must show that failing to remove a complaint of executor will likely prevent the terms of the Will from being properly carried out. Removing an executor is not meant to be a punishment for past misconduct.
  6. Fighting or friction between the parties is not a reason alone for removal.

See Ford Kramer v. Mazman – Justice Casullo