If my wife’s late mother had an incident in a hospital, is there a way I could find out if there was a settlement and where the unclaimed money went?

Her mother claimed there was a settlement and was in the process of finalizing and getting the money. My wife’s mother died before we could get any money and now we have no leads as to where the money went.

Asked on June 21, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  Was there a lawsuit that was begun by your Mother in Law against the hospital?  That suit would have been filed in Court and you could run her name through the court system to see what comes up. If these were private negotiations then it may be best to have some one appointed on behalf of her estate for the purpose of inquiring about the matter.  The Administrator or Executor of an estate has a right to inquire and attempt to "marshall" assets - gather the debts owed to the estate.  Good luck.


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