Thank you for your follow-up.In that situation I do not quite see your grounds for suit here. That money was never yours, it was your family's money. Therefore you cannot sue for something you never personally possessed. At most you could sue for half, or the $35,000, on the legal basis of fraud and breach of contract--that money was in theory yours which you provided to him for the home, and that amount you could claim belonged to you. The whole amount that was gifted is ultimately up to your parents to pursue (or choose not to pursue), but as this money never legally became yours, you would not be considered a proper plaintiff in this case.Please let me know if that makes sense and let me now if you need me to further clarify. Good luck!
Thank you for your follow-up.It is not quite a 'condition'--the gift letter that he ended up forging is the reason for the claim. If your parents can fight the letter and show that it was not authentic or was not obtained property and instead was signed under false pretenses, then the transfer could be reversed. But if they are unwilling to fight it really places you in a weaker position of claiming rights to this money since at least on paper it does show that he is the one who is legally entitled to the funds. Furthermore, a conditional gift like an engagement ring must be so stated up-front and even then different states have different laws on their return. In some states, for example, the one who breaks off the engagement ends up being called the breaching party and that party would not be able to get the ring back. Other states consider it 'no-fault' and require a return regardless. But your case was different since nothing was expressly written that this was given as a wedding present, so it would not be considered conditional.Good luck.
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