My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: California
A friend died several months ago. She had a living trust that named her nephew as Trustee. He has been administering the trust with the assistance of an attorney. I am named as someone who is to receive 10% of the proceeds of the trust.
A few months after my friend's passing, I received a letter from the attorney, on behalf of the Trustee, giving an accounting of the Trust's assets which were close to $2 million dollars. The other day I received a second letter from the attorney, on behalf of the Trustee, containing a check for $75,000 as a preliminary distribution from the trust. The check was dated 12 days earlier, signed by the Trustee (not the attorney) and drawn on the trust account. When I attempted to deposit the check at my bank (which also hosts the trust account) it was declined due to insufficient funds.
I have faxed a letter to the attorney who is assisting the Trustee, advising him of the issue, but have yet to receive a reply. Has anyone run into this before? Any advice on my next step if the Trustee has misappropriated the money?