Consumer Scams Story

Story

I heard a knock on the door and opening it saw a nice looking young man with a kind voice and solid handshake. He told me that he had heard about the loss of my husband and knew that he had suffered with cancer. He asked how I was doing, (he was so kind), I invited him in. He explained that he understood how financially draining long illnesses can be on the family budget and he knew I didn't want to be a burden to my children. He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral, said he knew that my late husband wouldn't want me worrying about money.
I couldn't believe I was fooled. Maybe it was because I was so desperate, but the thought that I came so close to being homeless is devastating. I felt like an old fool. I am so glad I asked for help because I couldn't bring myself to tell the kids. The volunteer attorney got them to forgive all the prepayment penalties and the local bank gave me a new loan that I could afford (the one the nice young man offered cost $100 more a month than I received to live on!) I am so grateful for the help. I still have my home and my memories.

by: Francis

QUESTIONS

  • My late husband suffered from Alzheimer's Disease when he borrowed money and signed documents that deeded his home to another person. That person refuses to return title of the home to my late husband's estate even though the loan was paid off in full. What are my rights?
  • Does the 13 yr old chose who to live with
  • If my 81-year-old husband predeceases me without a will, how is his estate settled? We have no children together, but he has three grown daughters. The bank accounts, house and car pass to me because we own them jointly with right of survivorship, but what about other property he owns by himself?
  • what has to go through probate court after death of a spouse when everything is in my name too
  • My wife was sick with cancer fir 2 years and filed for ssi disability before she passed. She passed in September then received pay our account in October the months was sick. They went back and took the money out of our account after her death. Is thid legal for them to do? How can I get that money back since it was owed to her before she passed?
  • do we need to file a copy of our wills to probate? We only have a mobile home, car and personal belongings. Do we have to go thru an attorney to make up a will? Can we do it ourselves? thank you
  • My late husband incurred a car repair shop debt before we met. After he died, I started getting letters from an attorney for the shop saying I was responsible for the bill now. Is this true?
  • My father passed away before he could make me the beneficiary of his Arizona State Retirement. His wish was to ensure that this was done and was verbal regarding the issue. Do I have any recourse as his child and next of kin to have it switched to me as beneficiary? Thanks
  • My wife passed and she had a Capital one account with $2381.00 in a account. I have tried to transfer monies to my account and also hired a attorney to draft a letter to release funds and they refuse to send they said I need to go through probate. I paid off her car and sold home but this account is still open and Capital one will not release money.
  • My grandfather passed away 3years ago. his stepson had a quit claim deed signed with my grandfathers signature the same day he died, my grandfather suffered from alzheimers & dementia. there was no will found. But i'm wondering is there anything that can be done he obviously forged my grandfather's signature to keep his property.

STORIES

  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .
  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • Age discrimination in the workplace. . .

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