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I had an oral agreement with a person for the purchase of his half of two properties. After an argument we had he said the deal was off after receiving 90 percent of the total. Now he plans on selling the properties and not honoring the oral contract or giving me my money back. What can I do?

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California

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None yet.

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Legal
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Lawyer: Bruce Schreiber, Lawyer replied 3 months ago
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Welcome & thank you for your question. I am the professional that will be assisting you. Oral contracts for the sale of real estate are unenforceable as they must be in writing. But certainly you have the right to sue him for taking your money.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
what would be my next step
Lawyer: Bruce Schreiber, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Start a civil action for fraudulently taking your money, or for what is known as conversion, or takng money under false pretenses. There are many possible causes of action.... too many to discuss in this forum.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
would that be a civil attorney?
Lawyer: Bruce Schreiber, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Yes. While a criminal complaint may possibly be fled, more likely than not the police or mprosecutor would pass and consider this a civil matter.

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