What to do if a drunk neighbor gave me $10,000 to restore or find and buy a car but then passed away?

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What to do if a drunk neighbor gave me $10,000 to restore or find and buy a car but then passed away?

I didn’t hear from him for over a month and then found out that he died. I had a car I was working on for him, so I decided to buy a car for his 16 year old son with the money. The neighbor’s ex-wife (son’s mother) said she didn’t want her son to have car. I didn’t hear anything from family, so after a little over a year I sold the car. Now after 2 years someone is saying they’re a family member and are calling and asking for the car because the son is now 18 and wants it. There was no written contact; I was just given a check for $10,000.

Asked on August 1, 2013 under Business Law, Minnesota

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Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

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Matthew Majeski / Majeski Law, LLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You should have informed the personal representative of the estate that you had 10,000 of his money.  After they provided proof to you that he or she had been approved as personal representative of the court, they should have sent you notice so that you would have to return the money to his estate.  Technically, the $10,000 is still an asset of the estate.


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