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Ely, Counselor at Law
Category: Estate Law
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Experience:  Fully licensed attorney in Texas in private practice.
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My aunt and uncle that I took care years and my aunt

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My aunt and uncle that I took care for 15 years and my aunt was dependent with her ADL's for the last 2 years ,so primarily I am like their daughter. To be able to sell their house that is on family trust ,the title company said they have to revoke that and put someone as a trustee so the house will be sold faster without their signatures since they were going for good to the philippines. after they signed that amendment giving me as the trustee.My Uncle and Auntie left me 4 blank checks with my auntie's signature that I will use to pay the bills that will be left behind ,and any expenses for the sale of the house and the remaining will be for the services I rendered to them especially I have been doing their groceries for a year without them giving me money.My aunt left me her credit card that I will use when I go visit them if they need medical help or their bday.Now my cousins had put on facebook and calling me thief because of the checks I issued but I paid for their bills ( but they didn't now that) and their were posting on FB that there was $10K and $9K (these were withdrawn by my Uncle and Auntie before they left for the Philippines and this they don't know, and they assuming I withdraw it and used it to myself) that all relatives and friends and co workers can see these on FB ....I am so frustrated,mainly my friends and relatives and I live in a small community that everyone ask what is going on ,,, is so embarrasing...if there is truth to it,then I will take responsibility but it is not....Do I have a case against them???I just would like to clear my name..what can I do,they continue making statements on the FB
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Ely replied 1 year ago.
Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms. I am sorry to hear about this situation. 1) Technically, the checks should not have been used once the account holder passed away. Same with the credit card. There is a presumption that this was used without their knowledge and permission and this is hard to overcome. 2) To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state because they all stem from the same common law. A pleading in Court needs at least one cause of action, although it is not unusual to have more than one. Someone in your situation can try to sue for defamation. Defamation in Nevada consists of the following elements: a false and defamatory statement by defendant concerning the plaintiff; an unprivileged publication to a third person; fault, amounting to at least negligence; and actual or presumed damages. Chowdhry v. NLVH, Inc., 109 Nev. 478, 483, 851 P.2d 459 (1993)(citing Restatement (Second) of Torts, § 558 (1977)). 3. Whether or not you wish to file a suit is up to you. It may not be a good idea if there is a possibility of a criminal action against you if the heirs are saying that they would file one. Regardless, it may be a good way to gain leverage, i.e. to threaten them to take down their statements or else face a lawsuit. I hope this helps and clarifies. Please use the SEND or REPLY button to keep chatting, or please RATE when finished. You may always ask follow ups at no charge after rating. Kindly rate my answer as one of TOP THREE FACES/STARS and then SUBMIT, as this is how experts get credit for our time. Rating my answer the bottom two faces/stars (or failing to submit the rating) does not give me credit and reflects poorly on me, even if my answer is correct. I work very hard to formulate an informative and honest answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith with a positive rating.