Can an executor refuse to pay a beneficiary?

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The simple answer is, yes. An Executor does have the discretion to not pay a Beneficiary’s inheritance over to them, however this is generally only exercised when the Beneficiary is considered incapable of managing their own finances.

*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.