If a personal representative of an estate hides or absconds with any assets, is it criminal or just subject to contempt of court?
Question Details: A deceased man's some was made PR personal representative of the estate. It is not worth much in value, just a home and personal possessions, $30,000 after the sale of the house before creditors are paid. The PR does not get along or speak with 2 other siblings. No assets have been shared, the PR has left the property and moved to an unknown apartment and took the home possessions with him.
It is criminal: a personal representative may manage the estate's assets but they do not belong to him; they belong to the estate. If the PR took estate's assets, he therefore stole them from the estate, and stealing from the estate is as much a scrime as stealing from a person, business, trust, etc. A police report can be filed and you can look to press charges.
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