Accountings (as per the Rules)

Actions to settle up an estate and receive approval for the manner in which the estate has been administered and divided are accounting actions. Rule 4:87 provides the rules for such an action and will be discussed in greater detail in later comments.  Generally they are filed in the same manner as a contested action and must follow a prescribed form.  Each account shall have annexed to it a detailed listing of the financial history again in a prescribed form. (Rule 4:87 to 4:87-9)  By agreement, the parties may agree not to provide an accounting although if there is any question it is much safer to provide the information.  If commissions are sought, the applicant must provide a detailed statement of all services performed as well as a disclosure of all commissions already received.  Where attorneys fees are sought detailed applications must also be provided. (Rule 4:88-1 to 4:88-4)