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Cash gifts and Escrow

Los Angeles, CA |

I gave my mother three thousand dollar to pay an outstanding debt while in escrow; now escrow wants me to sign a paper signing I gave her cash, what are any of the legal backlash for myself?

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Attorney answers 3


Should not be any if this was the transaction. The lender needs to know the source of funds your mother has available to her in connection with the loan transaction. They need to know if it was a gift, a loan, or something else. It impacts your mother, not you.

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I am guessing that your mother's lender wants to make sure she has enough cash to close her deal. It wants to make sure that the $3k is a true gift and not a loan to be paid back. Assuming that is correct, your statement affirming the gift should not cause any legal problems for you.


It's fine if the cash was a gift. Your mother's lender wants to know if it was a loan that she's obligated to repay.

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