Can an Executor refuse to pay a Beneficiary?


Yes, an Executor has the authority to withhold paying an inheritance to a Beneficiary of a Trust or an Heir or Legatee, with valid reason. An example of this would be, if the Executor deems the beneficiary incapable of managing their own finances and it would therefore be in the best interest of the beneficiary to withhold the inheritance.

*For the purposes of answering this question the term Beneficiary(ies) refers to Heir(s) and Legatee(s) as well as the Beneficiary(ies) of a Trust.