All right, I know I haven’t logged on in forever, but this is really me and I really need help. My grandmother worked all her life to leave a mortgage-free house to her children, and now it’s rotting in the Florida heat. It looks nice on the outside, but here’s a glimpse of the inside:
My grandmother passed away without a will. My mother and her three brothers, my uncles, decided to equally split ownership of the house between them, because that would be fair, right? My mother and two of her brothers, my uncle Bee and my uncle Aysch, would live in the home while Uncle Jay continued to live in his own house.
Then my eldest uncle, who I will call Bee, refused to allow anyone to maintain the house. Despite all four siblings having equal claim, he decided that since his name was listed first on the deed, he was in charge. He refused to hire anyone to do maintenance for the house, and verbally abused anyone who tried to hire anyone to do maintenance on the house. He even refused to allow his siblings to hire a lawn crew to take care of the lawn, because any lawn crew would be “Mexicans” and “we don’t hire illegal aliens”.
Unsurprisingly, he was later diagnosed with early onset dementia and died from complications of the disease. Now the house was only owned by my mother and her two remaining brothers, my uncle Jay and Aysch.
After Uncle Bee died, my mother tried to work with her surviving brothers to renovate the home. Uncle Jay has his own home, and refuses to even communicate with his siblings. Uncle Aysch lived in the house with my mother, but refused to cooperate with my mother to hire contractors to repair the home, or to even pay half of the home’s utilities and taxes. In addition to refusing to help pay for the house’s expenses, my uncle Aysch would throw away or sell any of my mother’s belongings he could find. Foodm clothing, medicine–it didn’t matter. If he found it outside of her room, it was gone.
It’s now to the point where my mother has had to move out of her mother’s home and into an apartment with me, because she can afford to pay rent and live in an apartment–but not to live in a house with her brother, my Uncle Aysch. The cost of utilities with him living there and and the expense of replacing property he’d stolen was more than paying to live in an apartment.
Now Uncle Aysch lives in the house by himself. He has not paid the property taxes for the past two years. Here is proof:
The air conditioning in the house is broken, and he either will not or cannot fix it. Anyone who has lived in a tropical climate can imagine what happens to the interior of a house without adequate ventilation and cooling.
My mother cannot pay the taxes on my grandmother’s house while also paying her share of the rent on our apartment. I work a full-time job as a library clerk, but I cannot pay for our rent, utilities, and food without my mother’s help. We need your help to pay off the taxes on my grandmother’s house, and to take legal action to prevent my grandmother’s house from rotting away.
Why $11,000? That’s much more than the property taxes you’ve listed.
In addition to paying off property taxes, my mother needs enough money to pay a lawyer to fix the probate issues on my grandmother’s house and mediate between herself and her brothers, Jay and Ayche. Right now, my grandmother’s house is listed as being primarily owned by her dead brother Bee. In addition, despite being on the deed to the house, my mother cannot access any sort of financial aid or loan to repair the house because her brothers Jay and Ayche will not talk with her.
Jay and Ayche do not respect her, but they will respect a lawyer. My mother was recommended a lawyer by a close family friend, and the lawyer wants an upfront payment of $5,000 to start work. Even though my mother and I bought have full-time jobs, we cannot afford a $5,000 upfront payment. For me, that’s nearly a quarter of my yearly salary.
The additional $1,000 is to help with any costs that might pop up.
Why don’t you use this free/reduced price/pro bono service?
My mother and I both have full-time jobs which take up most of our time. In addition, my mother has a chronic illness which saps her energy greatly. Researching, verifying, and communicating with any sort of charity or welfare services is a full time job in and of itself.
If you know anyone legitimate who can help us for less money, plus let us know. If you have been in this situation yourself and resolved it to your benefit, please share your advice.
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