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I am surviving spouse & have life rights in deceased husbands house....son has filed chapter 7 bankruptcy which I paid...can he file again in less than 8 yrs ?

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I know nothing about dower rights or life tenancy but it seems to me that if they charged you over $22.5K to stay in the house for roughly an 8 year period, that
works out to about $234 per month. Was this for rent, paid in advance?

It wouldn't surprise me if they'll ask for another lump sump payment and that that's part of what's precipitating the Ch. 7 filing.

$234 a month rental isn't a lot generally speaking, but the whole concept of how the issues was handled seems pretty shady to me.

Like others recommended, you really need to get an attorney before this couple scams you again, because scamming is what it sounds like to me.

Good luck. It's time for your son and DIL to grow up and be responsible for their own lives.
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son & wife sued me because I legally turned my share of house over to him in 06 so he would have no problems when I die. thereby whole house is his asset so when they went to chap 7 they were able to get me to pay $22.500 if I wanted to stay in house..but were unable to take my dower life rights from me. But in time they may file another bankruptcy & sue me again & go after my life rights also.
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Bankruptcy on his part should not affect your Life Tenant status. See an attorney as soon as possible.
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avcidy, your son and his wife sued you? For what?
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you are right my son is also responsible...she is very controlling & he likes to keep the peace..it broke my heart when they sued me ...she has isolated all the friends he had before he married her//she has no friends.....its all about spending/eating/& excuses not to work.......I keep holy water on hand as I have never met the likes of her in my all of my 75 years..thanks for your answers...
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What do you meant that you paid for your son's Ch. 7 bankruptcy?

There is a time limit before another bankruptcy can be filed, but I don't know what it is offhand. I really do think you need to consult with a lawyer as the issue has become very complex, between the Ch. 7 and the life rights in the house.
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So, why doesn't he cut off her access to the credit cards and checkbook? If he doesn't , he's as responsible as she is.
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I've always felt that no one should be able to use bankruptcy because they shopped until they dropped. I knew a fellow and his wife who did that twice, but what a life they had... new cars, new clothes, trips. Totally unfair. Next time don't bail him out.
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yes I deeded my share to my son in 06...a very stupid move & I had a lawyer who should have warned me...I still have dower life rights & remain living in house..but the problem is my son who works 7 days a wk. has a wife from h*ll...never worked & got him into 1st chap 7 ...she is very good at spending other peoples money..even when they do get this house..she will always spend what she does/nt have......a real gold digger....
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Your best bet is to contact an Elder Law attorney as your issue is complex. From what I understand, you have life use of the house that belonged to your husband. According to an older posting, the house was deeded to your son. He then declared bankruptcy, Chapter 7, and you paid something regarding this bankruptcy. Is the house still deeded in his name, or is there a lien on the property? Are you wondering if you still have life use of the property?

Curious why your son will be going through another Chapter 7 bankruptcy?
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