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There's no one sure fire way to get a person to stop doing what they are doing, of course. You should make first, first off, that any false statements being made on social media sites like Facebook get reported to them as false and request that they be taken down.Next, you may want to consider sending a "cease and desist" letter. Sometimes the threat of legal action is enough to compel someone to change what they are doing. Few people wish to get involved in the paperwork and courtroom appearances that a defamation lawsuit would require. Not only would a successful lawsuit end up causing the accused party more money for court costs, but it would take up the accused party's time and could even damage their reputation. A cease and desist letter is a way of giving someone a chance to stop what they are doing and avoid the hassle of a legal fight because it warns them to immediately "cease and desist" what they are doing or face potential legal action. While you could draft this letter yourself, it would have far greater impact coming from a lawyer, in my opinion (and this is something that would probably cost you about an hour of the lawyer's time).You may also wish to mention to your nephew that extortion is a criminal offense in its own right, and should he continue to try to exploit you or other family members for money, you will not hesitate to contact the authorities and file a report.
Potentially, if it's a realistic, credible threat that puts them in fear of imminent and immediate harm or danger. What I mean is, you mention he is in another state. If I call up a family member across the country and say "I'm coming over to kill you right now!" --that's not really an assault, because the reality is I'm not getting on a plane, flying hours, renting a car, driving to the house, etc. It's not going to put them in fear of imminent harm.But, if your nephew lived close by and makes the same threat, and they know he has a house full of guns and knives for example, that is definitely much more credible and should be reported.
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