She now claims it was a gift, not a loan and will bring people to say it was. I never said that, but if her family wants to lie, what can I do? I gave her the money in to lump sums, the first was $4500 for a down payment on her house, but that had to be cash, so I don't have proof. The remaining $6500.00 I wrote a check out to her, and in the memo line I wrote loan. What can I do to get my money back, and could I do this in small claims court. I'm farly certain, that the $4500 I gave her in cash I won't be able to get back, but will that check I wrote, that I wrote loan on, be solid in a court to reclaim that at least.