This time let the check go boing

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February 26, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Dear Carolyn: My sister sent my grade-school child a check as a gift. We deposited it four weeks later, and it bounced because the account was closed.

It’s a small sum, $25, and the charge against my child’s account was another $10. This is not about the money or any issues I have with my sister. She made a mistake, no big deal. I’m curious what the general rule is. I would want to know so I could correct it, but is there an etiquette standard?

My sister is going through a divorce. We have a good relationship. Her financial situation is rather unknown to me, but not as solid as mine. Do I contact her or just cover it out of my pocket?

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