The Case of the Crooked Judge
The decedent passed away in early 2007, without a will and no known heirs. His estate was valued at over 2 million dollars. Oddly, the estate was filed in an adjacent county where the decedent did not live nor have any property. Almost a year later, the estate closed with no heirs ever found. Kemp & Associates began working on the estate in 2008 and located first cousins to the decedent on both sides of his family. Upon making an appearance for the heirs, it was revealed that the decedent's money had vanished!
The money was tracked to the personal bank account of the presiding probate judge. Excessive administration fees had also been assessed to the estate without adequate explanation or justification. In 2008, the judge was convicted of theft and sentenced to 10 years in prison. The money was returned and the estate re-opened. Needless to say, Kemp & Associates' work was instrumental in uncovering this crime, as well as presenting evidence to the proper court authorities that the first cousins we had located were the legal and rightful heirs to the estate. While many estates across the nation escheat (revert back to the state when heirs aren’t found), this is an extreme example of why the service we provide is so essential.