My mother purchased land on a land contract and put my name on it and I signed the paper in 2002. she paid the land contract off and gave the land to my grand[parents who put there house on it. I didnt remember my name was on it , or that I had any ownership of it. They cut my sons money and say I owe them $33000 for not disclosing the assett. I never lived there. I never paid any money for it. I do not own it or reside there. I am seeking employment and trying to goto school. how do I prove that this property was possibly going to be gifted or willed to me , and my mother changed her mind and gave it to her parents after they lost their home? I count on the SS money to raise my kids. Her name is one the title and she will sign an affidavid stating I never owned/paid for/resided etc here?Police came to my house saying there is no way around this paying the money in a threatening manner. I wanted to do a quick claim deed to get my name off this property that isnt mine. Ive moved several timeas and have been jobless if I had property I wouldve sold it to survive. There has to be a way to negotiate a way to pay less to nothing since I never used any money for this property, I have never made not one payment. If anyone caqn just buy you property isnt there some protection for me?
The rules about financial eligibility and resources for SSI claims are complex, as you are learning.. I suggest you contact a legal aid office near you for help - look at http://www.michiganlegalaid.org/. If you want a private attorney, you may contact your local city, county or state bar association to see if they have a lawyer referral program, or you may contact the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR) for the name and email address or telephone number of attorneys in your area.
Most attorneys who do any amount of Social Security work are members of NOSSCR and provide a free initial consultation, and some will handle this kind of an issue. In any event, no attorney may charge a fee for work on a social security claim until it has been approved by Social Security.
The telephone number for the lawyer referral service of NOSSCR is 1-800-431-2804. NOSSCR's website is www.nosscr.org.
In addition, you can find a Board certified specialist in Social Security by contacting the National Board of Trial Advocacy. They evaluate lawyers (independently) in many types of claims and require extensive experience and testing before a lawyer is certified. They have a section specifically for Social Security: The National Board of Social Security Disability Advocacy, Divisions of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Their link is: http://www.nblsc.us/
I hope this information helps. Good luck to you!
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In addition to the usual excellent answer provided by Attorney Farrell, I have a follow-up question.
The police came to your house about a Social Security overpayment matter? That is unheard of around these parts. Do you mean a Social Security investigator? It really does not matter, next time somebody comes around invoke your right to silence right after you invoke your right to an attorney. Do not talk to anybody else about this - not strangers, not the police, not investigators, not your brother in law. If they move to prosecute then get defense counsel - her or him you can talk to.
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One thing to keep mind is SSI is Welfare Disability. As such land you own and do not live on disqualifies you for Welfare programs. The ownership of land is determined by the names on the deed. Your name is on this property. Hopefully, Legal Aid will help you. It would be very expensive to have a private attorney help you.
This response is meant to be information only and should not be considered to be legal advice. This information is not meant and should not be construed to be the formation of an attorney client relationship. I practice Virginia Workers compensation law and Social Security Disability law.
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