You should immediately contact a local attorney. You may have a case against your mom ( if you want to go that route) depending on what the original judgement was!
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Very sorry to read this post. It is highly unlikely that this is what happened. Gather all the information you can and perhaps contact the attorney who handled the matter. Keep copies and records of everything. You may be able to unravel here. Good luck.
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This is very unfortunate that your mom may have taken money that is rightfully yours. To help maintain any relationship that you may have with your mom, I would give your mom a chance to explain or return the money. If your mom does not return the money, you then have a decision to make ... take legal action against your mom or simply not do anything. That's a difficult decision because it may affect your relationship with your mom for the rest of your life. If you decide to take legal action, immediately contact a local attorney. I'm sorry you have to go through this. Good luck!
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You need a lawyer to figure out what actually happened here. In Texas when lawsuits are settled that involve children, the Court has to approve the settlement on behalf of the minor child. You probably don't remember anything about it, but the money was deposited into an account for your benefit. It could have been deposited with the "registry of the court" or it could have been put into a "structured settlement" with payments that be made to you after you turn 18. There are many ways the original settlement could have been structured, but in all of those circumstances the money was set aside for you once you turn 18, and not for your mom.
You might have not a claim against the bank that released the funds to your mom as well as a claim against your mom.
The amount of money involved will dictate whether a lawyer is going to be easy or hard to find in this circumstance. Suing your own mother over a relatively small amount of money isn't something many lawyers are going to recommend that you pursue. Suing a bank for a large amount of money that was yours and was erroneously given to your mother is something almost any lawyer will want to look at for you.
Bottom line, you need to have a lawyer investigate the case for you, find out how much money was in the account, how the money originally was deposited into the account, and how your mother got the money out of the account without your signature.
Once you know all the facts, a good lawyer can help you with the decision on whether to sue mom or not. That's not a decision you can make without being fully informed.
Good Luck to you.
Well, it sounds like it went to good use, but if you don't mind tension at holiday dinners, you can get a local lawyer involved to investigate.
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