Act Quickly or You Will Lose Your Property!

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 29th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article is a true to life story of my boyfriend's experience with dealing with is father's property in Iraq. Dealing with issues in a war torn country is extremely difficult and you really don't know who you can trust.


This article is a true account, but I will not give any details because it is about my boyfriend, and he likes that the least information possible be given out on the Internet about his origin etc.

The story starts by my boyfriend knowing his father had property in another country. However, he thought the government had seized the property when his father died in his homeland about 20 years ago, so my boyfriend just never bothered to attempt to get his inheritance.

Act Now or Lose Your Property

Out of the blue this so called cousin on the father's side calls my boyfriend and this is a man that he has never spoken to in his life.

The cousin delivers the message, "act now, as you are about to lose the property; it is going up for auction soon and anyone can buy it. Make me the authority to do the selling for you."

Alarm bells rang in my head, this so called cousin has never spoken to my boyfriend in his life and suddenly he wants to be executor of the estate? My boyfriend thinks he is doing it out of the goodness of his heart and a sense of family, which is very important in the east where he comes from.

He Went to Ottawa

Okay you might think that I am overreacting, but the plot thickens.

The cousin did tell my boyfriend to call up the embassy in charge of these matters, a plus for him, and a confirmation for my boyfriend that the cousin is on the up and up.

Well again there is more to this story.

The cousin then wanted a letter stating that he could have access to my boyfriend father's bank account.

I was leery before of this guy, but now as far as I was concerned, my suspicions were confirmed. I told my boyfriend the cousin was a crook and just wanted to steal everything right out from under him. If my boyfriend gave him full execute power he would have that right. I urged my boyfriend to get a legal document spelling out that the cousin had authority to oversee the sale of the property and nothing more. I told my boyfriend I am very good at these things, but I wanted a lawyer to do it to make sure every legal loophole was closed.

My boyfriend said yes, yes, but I don't think he believed me.

Now going by the "act now or lose the property claim", my boyfriend was dragging his butt on this and I am hounding him on it. The property is worth at least $ 400, 000 or more. So I am bugging him to act on the tip before he loses his property out from under him. I also told him not to go with this cousin. He is a crook; I can feel it in my bones.

I am talking until I am blue in the face about not using this cousin who only has his own interests at heart. After all, why does he need access to my boyfriend's father's bank to make a sale? It is fishy to me. It sounds like he wants to clean up, and steal the inheritance from my boyfriend.

My boyfriend finally went down to Ottawa, to the embassy, but found out that he had to get other papers besides the passport he carried on him for identification. I told my boyfriend, that he would need his birth certificate, and proof of his father's death, proof that the property is owned by the father etc. long before he had gone to the embassy; they pretty much asked the same when he got there.

He wasted a day from work to go to Ottawa just to find that out.

Now again my boyfriend turns to this mysterious cousin and asked him to get the birth certificate from the country.

The cousin gets the birth certificate and says it cost S750.00. I am yelling at my boyfriend, can you not see that the cousin is a crook?

When he tells the embassy over the phone, they too tell him that this cousin is not honest, it does not cost that much for a birth certificate. They refer him to a lawyer here in Canada, to get the legal information in this situation.

Meanwhile, three months of going back and forth, bearing in mind this property was allegedly going to auction, yet nothing is done.

My boyfriend is a procrastinator, and his cousin is a crook, not a good mix to get things done legally.

Does my boyfriend go through the lawyer the embassy suggested? Of course not!

He says he has no money, which I know is true. However, I tried to show him some viable options. I said he could offer the lawyer the fee after the transaction occurs. Or if that doesn't work; take out a loan from the bank backed up with the sale of the property as collateral.

I also suggested finding out and contacting the real estate, bank, insurance, government or whatever holding company is in charge of my boyfriend's deceased father's business and do the transaction through them to eliminate the cousin completely.

Does my boyfriend go that route? By now you have guessed it, again he does not.

Instead he waits on his brother who is an American citizen to contact a lawyer there.

The brother sends a letter drafted by the lawyer supposedly to outline what power the cousin has in the sale of the property. This is something I was asking my boyfriend to get from the beginning as well.

However, the lawyer is American lawyer, and as a Canadian, my boyfriend has to have things done by a Canadian lawyer.
Okay, the draft could have been done by anyone with legal expertise, but as I said to my boyfriend, if it goes beyond that, you have to go with a Canadian Lawyer.

The cousin is calling my boyfriend five and six times a day, hounding him to get the paper, and my boyfriend has to go back to the embassy with his papers and documentation.

Keep in mind my boyfriend heard about the "act quickly or your property will go up for auction" over three months ago.

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author avatar Carol Roach
Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
30th Oct 2015 (#)

Interesting post!

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author avatar Helen Thomas
31st Oct 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing this interesting article ~ Carol. Blessings

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