In early 2009, I was very depressed and my physical health was becoming a problem. My daughter was abused by my ex-husband for 19 years. She didn't tell me because he convinced her I knew and said it was OK. Our relationship has been very difficult. She was becoming more distant and I was sure she was getting ready to take my grandchildren and disappear as she had in the past. I was also behind on my property taxes. I owned 10 acres with a double wide mobile home. One neighbor made one complaint to the county because my property was messy. I was trying to clean it, but my progress was slow. The county sent a letter saying they were going to foreclose. I've been in treatment for years for my depression, post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. When I'm as sick as I was back then, it's almost impossible to handle business matters. I tried to make a few calls to real estate agents and banks, but it was exhausting after just a few minutes each time, so I didn't get anywhere. I was sure I'd be thrown off my property in April from the foreclosure
and the county was threatening to fine me $1,000.00 per day if my place wasn't cleaned in 30 days. Then my granddaughter ended up in the hospital for 5 days. It was very serious and they were 100 miles away. That's when my daughter cut me off. Not long after that, she took the 2 of my grandchildren that lived her and disappeared. It's been almost 7 years now since I've seen them. When all of that was happening, I was over whelmed and becoming suicidal. I thought if I sold the back 5 acres, I could get caught up on taxes. People that I thought were my friends; Gary and Joyce Dorris said they had a friend that might be interested. His name is***** He said he wasn't sure and he'd get back to me. I thought that my time was running out. When he came back with an offer, it was only a few weeks before what I thought was the foreclosure deadline. He said it would only work if he could have the whole 10 acres, be he couldn't afford it. He offered to give me a Life Estate
so I could stay in my home in exchange for $2,000.00 in cash, he'd pay the back taxes which turned out to be less that $2900.00 and he'd take care of everything. The house needed a lot of work and I was desperate, so, I accepted his offer. We went to the assessor's office to fill out the quitclaim deed and other paper work. We passed the papers back and forth to get everything filled out and signed. I wrote Life Estate on the quitclaim deed. I found out about 2 years later when reading a deposition that my lawyers took, that without my knowledge, Stanberry saw Life Estate on the quitclaim deed, pulled it out, got another one that he filled entirely except for my signature, slipped it back in and I signed it, not realizing what he had done. That's when the nightmare began. We were supposed to be working together to clean the property. When I told him I needed him to make some important repairs; connecting the 2 toilets to their water supply, which would have cost less than $15.00 and taken less than a hour and all of the faucets leaked and the kitchen and laundry room faucets only leaked because the pipers were clogged because of hard water deposits. He showed up with a 5 year lease
, saying it was just a formality for his getting insurance
. I thought the Dorris' were looking out for me and trusted Tom because they said he was a good guy. I signed the lease because he was rushing me so we could get outside to work because it was very hot. When I went to read the lease later, he had taken my copy. When I requested a copy, he didn't give it to me until October. He had made me responsible for all repairs, which is why he wasn't making any. We had agreed in the beginning that my rent would be $1.00 per month. I paid him the first years rent the same day he have me the $2,000.00 cash and we had just signed the deed. I didn't get a receipt. Later, when I got a lawyer because he wouldn't make any repairs, he tried to evict me because he said I hadn't paid rent. In a deposition he said that we ran into each in Walmart in I wanted to pay the rent, but neither of us had the right change, so he told me to just send it to him when I could. Another depositions said; all parties agree that Ms. Love offered the rent to Mr. Stanberry, but no one knows if he took it. When I sent a letter requesting repairs again, he sent a letter saying that I hadn't paid rent, putting me in violation of the lease and that he was going to change the 5 year lease to a month to month if I didn't pay the rent and that he came to the property from his place on the coast, 4 times, with a work crew each time, but I wouldn't let them. I have repeatedly requested documentation to prove that he gave me notice that he was coming to make repairs, the gas and food receipts and contact info for his "work crews", he ignored each request.