I am a 74 year old woman who have been seeing my cousins widower. He said he loved me and begged me to make a home with him. I was reluctant as my income is minimal and I was living in a small double that I could barely afford but I was getting by. He asked and assured me over and over that he would make me whole (take care of relocation and moving expenses if things didn't work out)Well he moved out and has left me with a rental that I cannot afford and $1000.00 checkthat could begin to cover my expenses. I was in love and am having trouble thinking or moving on. I am a Florida resident and there is a law here about elder abuse and I feel that I have been abused financially and emotionally. Do I have a cause for reimbursement and help from him?
State/Country relating to Question: Florida
He left 1-9-12 and I still trying to make some decisions.
Good afternoon,I'm sorry to hear of your dilemma.You may file suit against him for Breach of Contract. His promise to make you whole if you would make a home with him---and presumably perform household chores, cooking and the like----and your moving in as agreed, arguably constituted a contract.In fact, there is an actual case on the matter in FL, which held that "agreements between unmarried parties may be enforced provided there is valid and lawful consideration apart from any express or implied agreement regarding sexual relations. Stevens v. Muse, 562 So.2d 852, 853 (Fla. 4th DCA 1990) (holding agreements between unmarried cohabitants were not violative of public policy).If you wish, you may file suit in Small Claims court and seek up to $5,000.00 in addition to the $1,000 he has alreday given you.I wish you the best in 2012.Because I help people here, like you, for a living---this is not a hobby for me, and I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX abiding by the honor system as regards XXXXX XXXXX I wish you and your family the best in your respective futures. Would you be so kind as to Accept my Answer so that I may be compensated for assisting you? Bonuses for greatly informative and helpful answers are very much appreciated. Thanks Again, Doug
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