Q: i gave a family member $9000 down on a home she wanted 15000 now she says she is selling it to someone else to get out
can she do that i was to pay the rest when i got the rest of my ssi backpay she says she will give me some money when she sells it i put 3000 in work for plumbing electrical paint etc what can i do we had no paperwork i just have phone messages
A: Generally oral contracts for the sale or purchase of real property are not enforceable because of the statute of frauds which states those type contracts must be in writing. There are exceptions to this rule which are long and hard to explain in this type post. You need to seek an attorney now and lay out all your facts and take phone messages and other evidence of your payment to the attorney and allow them to determine whether you can succeed in litigation.
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