Texas Laws - Probate Code

Sec. 414. PROCEDURE IF REPRESENTATIVE FAILS TO DELIVER ESTATE. If any personal representative of an estate, upon final settlement, shall neglect to deliver to the person entitled thereto when demanded any portion of an estate or any funds or money in his hands ordered to be delivered, such person may file with the clerk of the court his written complaint alleging the fact of such neglect, the date of his demand, and other relevant facts, whereupon the clerk shall issue a citation to be served personally upon such representative, apprising him of the complaint and citing him to appear before the court and answer, if he so desires, at the time designated in the citation. (3182)(1-click HTML)

If at the hearing the court finds that the citation was duly served and returned and that the representative is guilty of the neglect charged, the court shall enter an order to that effect, and the representative shall be liable to such person in damages at the rate of ten per cent of the amount or appraised value of the money or estate so withheld, per month, for each and every month or fraction thereof that said estate or money or funds is and/or has been so withheld after date of demand, which damages may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction. (3183)

Acts 1955, 54th Leg., p. 88, ch. 55, eff. Jan. 1, 1956. Amended by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 957, Sec. 74, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. (3184)


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