A recent case from the Ohio Eleventh District Court of Appeals serves as a reminder that the fiduciary duties of administrators & executors can often conflict with the desires of a beneficiary. In In re Estate of Barry,
the administrator, who was also a beneficiary, used estate funds for necessary repairs to the estate's real property. The case arose, however, because the administrator had already agreed to purchase the real property "as-is" from the estate - before the repairs were made.
It is important to remember that administrators and executors have a fiduciary duty to the estate, regardless of whether or not they are also a beneficiary. In re Estate of Barry: http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/11/2015/2015-Ohio-1203.pdf