What happens if an heir and/or executor refuses to have anything to do with the estate? For example John Doe Sr. dies and leaves the bulk (or entirety) of his estate to his estranged son John Doe Jr. Junior doesn’t want the inheritance and isn’t willing to be executor. He doesn’t even attend the reading of the will. Nor is he willing to make the trip to the attorney’s office to meet them or sign anything. Let’s also assume Senior didn’t make any provision in his will appointing a subsitute executor or assingning Junior’s share to anyone else (yes, I know this is horrible estate planning). Does the probate court just assign everything to the next-in-line-next-of-kin as Senior died intestate? If anyone else is left something in the will does Junior’s share automatically go to them (even if there’s a closer relative who wasn’t mentioned at all)? How handles stuff it they aren’t any other relatives willing to step in?
(Disclaimer: This is a purely hypothetical situtation. I am not asking for legal advice or myself or anyone else.)