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My cousin died on July 9, 2016. One week later, his girlfriend sold his car. Her name was not on the title and she did not have power of attorney. I think she forged his name. The family has seen the car being driven  by an unknown person. What recourse do we have?

Thank you very much.

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58 minutes ago, blkdeo said:

My cousin died on July 9, 2016. One week later, his girlfriend sold his car. Her name was not on the title and she did not have power of attorney. I think she forged his name. The family has seen the car being driven  by an unknown person. What recourse do we have?

 

 

There is no "we." The only one who can do anything is the executor or representative of the estate and the issue will have to be handled through the probate court.

 

However, there are a couple of ways this could have happened and been legal.

 

Your cousin may have signed the title prior to death, leaving it open. Georgia does not require notarization.

 

Or, he could have left a will leaving her the car. Georgia has a simplified methods of transferring title to a devisee without going through court.

 

https://dor.georgia.gov/getting-georgia-title-faqs#field_related_links-486-7

 

And, yeah, she could forged his signature. The only way you'll know that for sure is to get a copy of the signed title from the DMV.

 

But without proof, I suggest you not start making accusations.

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, blkdeo said:

My cousin died on July 9, 2016. One week later, his girlfriend sold his car. Her name was not on the title and she did not have power of attorney.


How is it that you (apparently) are so certain of this?

 

 

3 hours ago, blkdeo said:

I think she forged his name.

 

On what facts do you base this belief?

 

 

2 hours ago, blkdeo said:

What recourse do we have?

 

That depends on who "we" are. You, as a cousin, probably have no recourse, unless you have been or will be appointed by the court as the executor/administrator of your cousin's estate.  Has that happened or do you intend that it will happen?  If so, then you (or whomever the court appoints as executor/administrator) may take action against the girlfriend and the current owner to recover the vehicle.

 

Out of curiosity, how much is this car worth?

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