In 2005, my husband (now deceased) convinced his mother to add himself and I to her 2nd property, XXXXXX in Norwalk, CA 90650. A joint tenancy deed between the 3 of us was processed at Norwalk in mid-2005.
We repaired the house to make it marketable; my husband and I contributed between $30-40K. The house did not sell and renters were brought back in.
In Nov 2011, my husband committed suicide. His mother demanded I remove my name from the property deed. I agreed if compensated for the renovations, when my husband died he left behind an avalanche of shared debt - taxes included. If I'd been able to let it go, I would have.
Seeing that I would not budge from my position, mother-in-law sued me. Their causes of actions were false, lies and they committed perjury in court. I can prove thisTo support my position, I have neighbors of the Norwalk property that watched the house transform from a hovel to a decent family home, 4 real estate agents, financial records from vendors and a few other witnesses. I filed a Notice of Appeal which the court accepted on 11/21/2013. Additionally, a waiver of court fees was approved. However, when I pulled the LASC case summary to check for updates, I was surprised to read that the default judgment is pending a "prove-up hearing". So now, not sure what to do procedurally. Anyone interested? Any advice? Thank you.