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The New York Statute of Limitations on an Oral Contract is 6 years. So the claim he is making is viable from that perspective.
You need to file an Answer to the complaint in the court where it was filed and request a hearing to avoid a Default judgment. In the answer you will deny borrowing the money. You will also file a Motion to Dismiss asserting that he has sued the wrong people. That is he should be suing your son - not you - because your son was that borrower of the funds.
When you go to court you will testify. At that point it will be up to the judge.
If you lose you can appeal the decision. Because the case is being heard in Small Claims Court the Appeal will go to the NY Supreme Court (New York's Trial Court) for an entirely new hearing. You son-in-law will have to file all over again AND because the procedure in the NY Supreme Court are complicated he may drop it at that point.
You may want to consider working something out with him to avoid the trouble of going to court.
And the fact that there is no written contract does NOT mean that there is no case. It will be up to the judge to decide whether he believes there was an Oral Agreement.
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