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Good morning. I am sorry to hear about this? Who made this threat to her? Who was involved?
Thank you. There are both civil and criminal issues here. From a civil side, if she was forced into this and under duress and did not voluntarily do this, she needs to contact the bank and advise them of the same. She will need to get out of this and remove her name from the mortgage, so she is not liable in the event of default, for payment. As far as criminally, this can be reported to the police and she will need to give a statement and they will decide if a crime against the elderly occurred. For something like this, the court may look to impose probation, instead of jail, since it was a non-violent crime, depending on the record of the defendant.
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