I own a trailer in Macon county valued at $8,000 but I don't own the land it is on.My x-wife's father in law does but he took me to court and the judge wouldn't allow me an attorney.He just proceeded,gave them the land back and said he didn't know how he would get me out because I own the home.It started because he didn't want to have to replace my septic tank that backed up but is fine now after he had it pumped.The land is worth 4,400 and he offered it to me for 1,600.I didn't owe a penny. I'm trying to wait to see my Dr. on the 8th that told me he could help to work it out but he shut my elec. off after 10 years and sent a letter to me today telling me to get out. I have NOWHERE else to go and this is my home! I'm just not sure what to do so please help me here. Thank you for your time.I don't understand why I wasn't afforded an attorney because I told the judge i had no clue what I was doing and we have always gotten along fine until the septic system was pumped and the man told him it needed replacing but it's fine and I told him so. This trailer is only 4 years old since Mission Discovery helped me buy it and COMPLETELY remodel it. I can't afford $3,000 to move it and I just need a little time to see my Dr. on the 8th to work out a loan with him that he said he would help me with. He shut my electric off after 10 years and set on me moving so I'm confused.
I strongly suggest you contact your local Legal Aid program to see if they can provide you with legal assistance. Your facts are somewhat difficult to follow but here are some things that can be explained so that you can move on and focus on what is important right now. First, in civil court, there is no right to a court appointed lawyer so that's why the judge proceeded. Second, it appears that the Judge made some kind of order granting possession to the landowner. You need to have a TN attorney in your area look at that judgment and see if you have grounds to appeal before your time is up. That's also important because there could be a writ (order) giving you very limited time to be off the property and it sounds questionable whether that won't happen before you have time to try to buy your way out of this problem. The land owner won't get your mobile home but will get the land and that essentially could put you into a legal obligation to move the home whether you want to or not and you MIGHT run the risk that the landowner moves it for you and sues to recover the costs. MAYBE you have some kind of a counterclaim for him cutting off your electricity but that's going to be highly fact-dependent and is a subject you will need to review with a local attorney. This is a big mess and is all highly fact sensitive so you won't likely get much help off this forum so you absolutely need to be working on getting representation YESTERDAY. Take any and all relevant documents with you when you consult with a lawyer and again, DO try contacting your local Legal Aid first thing Monday morning. If that falls through, use the "find a lawyer" tab here on Avvo to find someone local to consult and see if you can maybe work out a payment plan. Good luck.
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