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The givers of an unconditional gift cannot attach conditions to the gift after the deed has been delivered.
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The gift was a done deal, see
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The case I linked to states:
"The requisites of a valid gift are set out in Code § 48-101: "To constitute a valid gift, there shall be the intention to give by the donor, or some act accepted by the donee, and delivery of the article given or some act accepted by the law in lieu thereof."
This is not a complicated issue and I don't know what other information you want. Please clarify.
Did they pay you anything to sign the contract?
Another case on the legal effect of a gift under Georgia law is posted at
What you signed is not legally enforceable because there was no legal consideration for it.
They cannot take away what they previously gave you.
Please clarify, did they agree to do ANYTHING in exchange for you signing the contract?
The offer of further support could be found to be adequate consideration.
You need to have a local attorney go over the facts and all the documents. The Experts here can not give legal advice, we can only give legal information. Your situation is difficult to figure out without knowing more of the facts and seeing the deed and the contract.
Was the promise of further support made in writing? How long did they agree to support you?
And what did you promise in return?
For how long?
Can you live with those conditions?
It is not usually a great idea to get into a lawsuit with your own parents... even if they are unreasonable and on legally shaky ground.
How can they get more muddled than they already are?
They have already put your therapist into an improper position of power over you that allows the therapist to take away your condo if in his or her subjective judgment you are not doing what the therapist wants.
Is the therapist even aware of the terms of the contract?
What type of license does the therapist have?
I suggest that you call the Enforcement Unit, see
and ask them specifically if they agree that it was completely improper for a psychiatrist to suggest the making of such a contract.
Then please post here again and let me know what they have to say about this.
Can you do that?
There is no additional fee if you rate my answer before or after calling the Enforcement Unit. You do not have to accept an answer until you are completely satisfied, but you can keep asking related follow up questions even after you accept an answer. I would feel more comfortable if you tell me what the Enforcement Unit says before you rate my answer.
Also I am curious to know if you were ever involuntarily committed for mental health treatment. I assume you are a competent adult who can choose his or her own therapist if you feel the need for one. I strongly believe that what the psychiatrist did was unethical but the Enforcement Unit should be able to say if it is or not.
I need a break, I'll check back here in about 12 or 14 hours.
It's late, I need to sleep.
Yes, I think that would be more fair to you.
I have not gotten your reply and I'll be on the road most of today but will check here again tonight.
OK I am back on line. I assume you did not get through to the Enforcement Unit so I hope to hear from you again Monday.
I did discuss this in general hypothetical terms with another attorney who agrees that what the psychiatrist did was unethical. If the Enforcement Unit agrees with that opinion, then the contract they had you sign is very probably void for illegality, but I understand this is a sensitive situation and sometimes it is easier not to assert your legal rights than to asserts them, especially when family is involved. As they say, sometimes discretion is the better part of valor.
Please let me know what the Enforcement Unit has to say about this.