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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

shut out



Have you ever stood in front of a fence where you could peek around either side, but you can't get through? 

That is what has happened since I arrived in Wilmington. After a twelve hour drive and four hours of very restless sleep, I have been completely shut out. 

It is left up to me to prove that I actually left my property here. The woman I left it with is apparently out of state working (so can't find her to serve papers) and her son-in-law told me that my property has been moved out of the house. That is all the information I can get. It may have been sold or it may be in the garage. I stood twenty feet from that garage without being able to see. I am so frustrated.


I have been to the police and to the sheriff. Bottom line is I can only file a civil suit at this point to get my property back. If I can prove she sold it then I can file criminal charges. The problem is proving it. 

The other problem is if I file it now I would have to come back in the near future to go to court and I am having surgery in January. I will probably have to wait until the end of March when I can travel again.. 

So, do I continue to pay her for the storage hoping that my property is in her garage and then file a civil suit in March? I have a lot to think about.

In the meantime, my mom and I are heading to Atlanta tomorrow, to be surrounded by love. 


 

29 comments:

  1. Sheesh Laura. You need legal advice pronto to settle this whole mess before January. My reasoning is reducing your stress level before your impending surgical recovery. Hopefully you can come to some decisions surrounded by your loving family. You raised great girls ~ smart women. Listen to what they say. As you traverse the highways know we are all wishing you well.

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  2. Laura
    This is just beyond rotten! It makes me mad just reading about it.
    I'll pray for wisdom for you to know what to do and that it can be
    resolved in your favor.
    I'm glad you're going to get away from it for a few days at least.
    Maybe someone in Atlanta can advice you on what's best to do.

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  3. If they still have your property, then why don't they just give it back? Jeez! Who is cashing your checks and where are they being cashed at?

    I feel so bad for you - this situation really sucks. Like Lynn said, you need legal advice.

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  4. Oh Laura, that really stinks. I hope your family can help you make the right decision. Let yourself be surrounded by their love for the next few days.

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  5. How awful, Laura! If the woman moved out of town, whom are you sending the check to? What a mess - so sorry for your troubles. Hope you have a wonderful time in Atlanta with your Mom.

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  6. Laura, If it means a lot to you, file suit. If it is something you can let go of, don't let it stress you honey. We learn about people when they do not treat us right. You are the one with the good heart. xo, Susie

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  7. Laura I am so sorry for this new twist. I pray that the love of your family will help you feel stronger and able to make some decisions. hugs, Linda

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  8. I'm so sorry, too. I was sure hoping that it would be where you could get to it. Be careful and enjoy the rest of the trip! Sweet hugs!

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  9. I'll be praying for you-this is such a tough decision. Hopefully you can get all opinions and then pray about which one you can live with. This is so horrendous-I'm sure it is hurting you so much.

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  10. So sorry to hear about this. I do hope you seek legal counsel for this problem.

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  11. Oh wow. This is such a terrible thing. Sending good thoughts your way.

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  12. This is awful for you...I hope you see an attorney to know what your rights are in this. I pray for the best....Roxie

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  13. Oh Laura! They won't let you in the garage to see if your stuff is there?? Does the son not have phone contact with her? This is horrible. And I am continuing to pray. I can't see why he can't contact his mother and get her to agree to your looking in the garage - unless they both know your belongings are no longer there. It's horrid that the burden is on you to prove something.

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  14. What a difficult time for you right now!! God bless and tavel safely!!

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  15. Why wouldn't he let you look in the garage? I don't understand that at all! Blessings to you- I know how difficult the situation must be! xo Diana

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  16. Most attorneys will give you a free consultation. I'd look up a few before you leave the area. She should have contacted you as soon as her situation changed. She didn't for a reason...

    I get so upset by injustice and people who take advantage of others. Rampant in our society, unfortunately. Get your questions answered, keep your cancelled checks and other documentation and perservere.

    I say often, I hope the saying "what goes around, comes around" is true!!

    Good luck to you

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  17. Are these people on the phone. I'd keep ringing them and asking them the same questions. Or you could try speaking to their neighbours and telling them the whole story, see if they've got any more information to add. It seems very odd to me.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  18. I'm so sorry. Bad situation. Wishing you and your mom safe travels and lots of love in Georgia. blessings ~ tanna

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  19. Laura, can you contact an attorney asap? Also, I bet a simple computer search done by someone like a private detective who would have the software could determine where this woman is working. If you can determine where she is working, papers can be served on her. I know you mentioned that there are many priceless things among your possessions - it may be worth it to get legal advice and let them know you mean business.

    xo
    Claudia

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  20. Oh my gosh. I was hoping for a better outcome. I know you must be so fed up and aggravated. Hang in there.

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  21. Laura! oh dear!

    What a fricken nightmare. I am going to continue to pray for you and your situation. How could this be happening? How? I feel soooooooooo bad for you.

    Take your Mom and relax and hope.

    By the way, I loved your photos you included, i really do.

    ♥ Renae

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  22. Ugh, not fair, and why one earth would anyone do that to you? At least you have the cheques to prove payment.

    Best of luck.

    Jen

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  23. Oh no! How extremely frustrating and distressing. What a terrible thing for someone to do.

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  24. Oh dear, my heart goes out to you... Legal counsel is definitely in order. Stay strong!

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  25. So sorry to hear of your misfortune. I hope things work out for you and you get your treasured belongings back. I just took some time and read all of your posts back to Halloween. I must say it was such a pleasure (along with my cup of coffee) to just sit back and read through your blog. The photos of "simple things" are beautiful and that simplicity appeals to me as well. Wishing you luck and hope the outcome is in your favor. Linda mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  26. Wow! what a situation! I really feel for your frustration!
    I lived in Wilmington when I was three and then we moved to Florida. :)
    Good luck and I'm sure everything will work out.
    Enjoy Atlanta!

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  27. The fact that you can get copies of your checks paid to her for storage and that her son in law told you that your property had been moved from the house is proof that you left it there. I don't think that you should continue to pay her if she can't prove to you that your belongings are still there. A civil suit would be a good start once you can travel. Perhaps between now and then she will have a change of heart and if she still has your belongings, will let you know and you can get them. I really hope so. Hang tough and do what you think is best. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs, Leena

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