Denver, CO asked in Family Law and Gaming for Michigan

Q: Is there anything i can do to compel my father to either let me find or have him find my binders of pokemon cards?

When i was a minor, i collected Pokémon cards, some were gifts from a variety of family/friends, some I got by trading to friends as well as buying them at yard sales or at the store, with money i earned. He doesn't dispute they belong to me. About 6 years ago my dad bought a new house and my 3 binders of cards ended up there in a rubbermaid container.that container is now in a spare bedroom at his new house which is filled with identical Rubbermaid containers, Floor to ceiling. He refuses to look for the them which in itself isn't unreasonable as he works long hours (12 hour days 7 days a week except every 3 weeks or so he'll take 2 days off and have me work at his house) But I've offered to be dropped early or stay late to look myself and to take my time and make sure each box is back how i found it before opening a next. Is there a way i can compel him to return my very valuable cards. I'm worried about their value collapsing in this uncertain market +potential damage occurring

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Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Sometimes a practical solution is best. You could offer to split the proceeds of any sale with your father. If you give him an estimate of value, he might change his mind about storing something so valuable.

If he only has three binders, and if they are particularly valuable (a quick google search reveals they could be worth nothing to tens of thousands of dollars), then maybe it's not so extreme to sue for return of the binders. If he has floor to ceiling rubbermaid containers with your OTHER worthless childhood things, the end result of a lawsuit might be that your father will no longer store your childhood things.

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