Section 12-13-48

Payment to probate judge of money due on decree upon settlement by executor, administrator, etc.; duty of judge as to payment of money to person entitled thereto and liability for failure to perform duty.

Money due on decrees for the payment of money rendered against any executor, administrator or guardian on a partial or final settlement may be paid to the probate judge, and it shall be his duty to pay over the same to the person entitled thereto on demand upon proper proof of identity or authority; and, for failure to do so, he shall incur a penalty in favor of the person entitled to the money of 10 percent damages, which, together with the money received and interest thereon, may be recovered by civil action on his bond.

(Code 1867, §793; Code 1876, §699; Code 1886, §792; Code 1896, §3369; Code 1907, §5427; Code 1923, §9588; Code 1940, T. 13, §293.)