I was buying a car from my mom, then she passed away. I was then paying my step dad, there was no paper work at all, a verbal agreement and it was more than half payed off. They came in middle of night and took it. Is there anything I can do legally? It was the last thing my mom did for me, before she past. Thank you, Paul Lundy
First, please do not post personally identifying information here or anywhere else on the Web - it simply is not safe. Second, it is likely to all come down to what, if any, proof you have assuming step dad disputes it. Can you prove any payments, particularly to him? Any proof of purchase price? Or how much you paid? Whose name is the Title in - Mom's? Step-Dad's? The proper way to have handled it was for Mom to simply have signed over the Title to you as soon as the agreement was made, listing herself on the Title as lienholder. That would have avoided most or all of this mess. If you truly have no paperwork, and no proof, and step-dad disputes it, you likely have little recourse. If you can prove the payments, even if not what they were for, you might at least be able to get a refund but even that is unlikely if you have no proof. If you do have proof, take it to a local consumer law attorney for a review and see what, if anything, might still be done. Good luck.
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