Tuesday, May 14, 2013
An elderly woman in Galveston, Texas named Lydia Gracia sued one of her sons, Joseph, for taking her house. Joseph claims that he has a right to the house because it is compensation for the fact that he lost "two vehicles to his siblings." Lydia only discovered the change after when she went to pay her property taxes. She claims that he she did not "knowingly nor intentionally conveyed her home to [Joseph]." Even though she has made several requests, Joseph has not returned the home to her. Finally, Lydia contacted and complained to an adult protection agency and police. Once that occurred, Joseph returned the house to her. Lydia is asking a court to grant her $250,000 in punitive damages and a ruling that her son obtained the deed to her house through fraud.
See Cameron Langford, Just in Time for Mother's Day, Courthouse New Service, May 9, 2013.