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Good afternoon. Your friend has as much right to the car as his nephew. If your friend gives the documentation you reference, plus a notarized limited power of attorney
authorizing you to act on his behalf to take the car, then you could not be prosecuted for taking the car. Under PA laws, you must not either breach the peace or break and enter to take the car. Once you have the car, your friend should file suit against the nephew for the nephew's share of the payments. That will give him the leverage and options he needs to get the nephew off the title. Once the suit is filed and a judgment awarded, he becomes a judgment creditor
, and he has the right to take the nephew's ownership interest in the car to collect that judgment. As long as your friend is on the title, he definitely does not want to drop his insurance coverage. Without insurance coverage he risks being sued and held personally liable for an accident
caused by the nephew.
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