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It has been a long time since I have posted any information about my mothers lawsuit, largely because there has been nothing to report. However, about two weeks ago my mother’s lawsuit finally began to wrap up. Here is what happened in the last few months:

Offered a choice between judge, jury, or deal my mother chose the less-risky deal as a way to simply get it over with and avoid the risks of an unpredictable jury. Since her lawyer agreed with me that the judge might be a good option, and since Mom really hated taking the deal, the lawyer’s looked into the likelihood that the deal would still be available after going to see the judge. Well, perhaps I should say they were supposed to look into it. My mom’s main lawyer apparently did not do a damn thing, and the second lawyer who had been helping new nothing about the arrangement. Needless to say, we were quite upset. Thank you for treating her case with zero interest because it wasn’t making you the big bucks. And the lawyer reputation continues…

Fast forward over a month to two weeks ago. Mom signs the papers to accept the deal. We celebrate this success despite the fact that we are both disappointed in the outcome. She is innocent and she should not have to pay. $5,000 in lawyers fees and very little to show for it. Work missed, stress induced, and emotions out the wazoo. Plus, the deal is basically admitting guilt without really doing so. It says a lot that we are happy at this point. Happy just to know it is over. No more worry, no more speculation!

To the details:

  • 6 months probation beginning July 2, 2014
  • Approximately $5,300 in reparations to be paid by January 2, 2015.

Yep, that’s it. All that hassle and fuss for such a simple result. Pay back the money and don’t get into more trouble for 6 months. This is what $5,000 in lawyers fees buys? We would have been better off trying to settle out of court for the reparations and a little extra.

At least the saga is coming to an end. Thank you everyone who lent support, financial or otherwise. My Fundly campaign raised over $950 which, while being only a fraction of the total expenses, was invaluable in getting the lawyer paid during the worst of our financial crunch. We could not have done it without you.

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