Old loan stays un­paid even af­ter threats

Miami Herald - - ADVICE - JEANNE PHILLIPS Contact Dear Abby at www. DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los An­ge­les, CA 90069.

Dear Abby: Ia­man 83-year-old mother of four. I have been liv­ing with my sec­ond hus­band now for 21 years. Nine­teen years ago, my hus­band loaned one of my daugh­ters and her hus­band a large sum of money so they could buy a house and pay off bills and judg­ments. All the pa­per­work for the loan was signed at the time of the clos­ing with a lawyer present, and it was agreed they would pay us back a cer­tain amount ev­ery month.

Af­ter a few years of mostly reg­u­lar re­pay­ments, the pay­ments dwin­dled, although they con­tin­ued to buy ex­pen­sive elec­tron­ics and other items. Sev­eral years have passed now, and a few checks and cash pay­ments have ar­rived, but only af­ter much beg­ging.

Our lawyer sent them a let­ter a few years ago telling them to pay up or we would sue them. It re­sulted in their not talk­ing to us for a cou­ple of years. We RE­ALLY need the money now. Maybe she’s hop­ing we will die. What do you sug­gest we do?

Her brother and sis­ters don’t want to get in­volved. — Loving, Giv­ing Mom

Dear Mom: I am truly sorry. But be­cause your other chil­dren refuse to be­come in­volved in con­vinc­ing your dead­beat daugh­ter and her hus­band to pay what they owe you, you have no other choice but to contact the lawyer who drafted the loan agree­ment and in­struct him to fol­low through.

To or­der “How to Write Letters for All Oc­ca­sions,” send your name and mail­ing ad­dress, plus check or money or­der for $8 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby — Let­ter Book­let, P.O. Box 447, Mount Mor­ris, IL 61054 0447. Shipping and han­dling are in­cluded in the price.

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