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If a person has misusing money from an estate, the executor of the estate, what charges can they be brought on and do they have to repay the money sto

1 Answers. Asked on Dec 12th, 2012 on Estate Litigation - Georgia
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Answered on Dec 12th, 2012 at 10:14 AM

In general, this kind of misuse of estate funds should be viewed as a civil wrong, not a crime. The appropriate remedy is to have the probate courts require the executor to repay the money and, if possible, to pay the costs of enforcement. The criminal justice system does have the time or expertise to pursue these kinds of claims. See an attorney.

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