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First, please let me tell you that I am sorry to hear about your recent losses of your daughter and son in law. If the mechanic knows that she is deceased then it seems to me that he is a piece of garbage for doing this to you even if he is within his legal rights to do so.
A mechanic does not need a lien on a car to retain it if he claims he is owed money by the owner of the car that had just been towed to his shop. While he has the right to retain the car for payment, he should be willing to give you an invoice regarding the amount of money that he claims is owed from the prior repairs so that you can assess whether or not the charges are real and make some payment arrangements if you cannot disprove what the mechanic is claiming. If you do not agree with his repair assessment, you can take the matter into small claims court using the value of the 95 mustang or the return of the mustang as your cause of action in these matters. You can take a matter to small claims court in most counties in Indiana for up to $5,000 without using an attorney and you can get the forms to do so at the clerk's office of the civil court in the county where you are located or the mechanic is located.
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