Administrator can’t disregard court orders

In 2005, Mrs. Rigley died. In 2007, a Probate Court determined that Mrs. Rigley died with no known heirs and ordered the assets of the estate paid to the State’s Chief Financial Officer for deposit into the State School Fund.

MRS. RIGLEY IN FACT HAD 10 HEIRS. The attorney engaged by Choice Plus reopened the probate and the Court issued an order determining that the heirs Choice Plus had located were entitled to receive Mrs. Rigley’s estate. The Administrator refused to accept the Court’s order determining the heirs rights and denied the claim Choice Plus had made on behalf of the heirs. Choice Plus appealed the Administrator’s long-standing policy of randomly ignoring the Court’s orders and withholding payment until heirs provided the Administrator with additional evidence.

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