My elderly friend wanted to sell her home, and signed a contract with someone to pay her $15,000 for it, with which she could pay off mortgage. He gave her $500 earnest money, but hasn't gone forward to close deal. In the contract, there was a paragraph that said if buyer spent up to $15,000 rehabbing the property, and sale didn't go through, that she would owe him that amount of money, He has done some work on property, and now says she owes him $14,000. (Not much has actually been done). I think this was just a scam to make her pay a lot of money for for work she didn't want, and there was no intention from the beginning for him to actually buy. She is over 80 years old, and this will wipe out what little she has. Any suggestions, or a lawyer you might recommend to assist?