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Monday, July 10, 2006

Susan's estate

Interesting rumor: I'm hearing from a couple of sources that Susan's father is asking the family trust fund, from which she borrowed some money to purchase her home, to foreclose on her. According to the pre-trial psychiatric documents, it was her father who first planted the notion that she might be incompetent, with the prosecutor. Interesting that this is happening on the eve of her expected release.

Karin, who takes care of the house for family members, says this is to get Susan a lower rate.


Blogger Gamine said...

In my opinion, her father is being pretty unkind. This will leave her homeless, broke, and with ruined credit, no?

I am not sure what Karin means-- a lower rate for what?

I hope things do not go in this direction.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Thomas Nephew said...

All I could imagine is that it might help qualify her (and/or her parental guardians? are things to that point?) for assistance with high medical bills.

Otherwise it sounds completely awful -- but even if the rumor is true, maybe a fuller explanation, if we get one, will make a better impression.

10:50 AM  
Blogger JB said...

...and that the whole thing came as a surprise to Susan. There are a couple of people angling to profit from her demise, it seems to me. Interesting how some folks can't just help, but have to take over and dictate.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Gamine said...

JB, I wrote to you and gave you my thoughts based on what I know indirectly about Susan's father. I don't want to speculate to widely.

Part of me wants to be charitable and assume that there must be a better explanation and maybe it is not all that bad, and yes Mr. Lindauer no doubt has his own point of view. But....

Sorry, but I am still really outraged by this. I can't believe that there isn't an alternative that would keep Susan from being ruined. I think he is throwing her to the wolves. That is certainly how it sounds.

Okay, I'm shutting up now. Argh.

12:01 PM  
Blogger JB said...

Susan's Uncle has the power of attorney and should make sure that nothing untoward happens. My hunch is that Mr. Lindauer didn't get the idea all by himself and that there is another cook in the kitchen. Susan has another friend, Karin, who has done a lot to keep her afloat, but with whom Susan does not always see eye-to-eye. Karin has her own ideas (usually good ideas) about how Susan should be running her household and tends to assert herself whether or not Susan agrees. My hunch is that Karin had the idea about refinancing, has to work with Susan's dad to advance the idea, but is smart enough to be cautious and not let Susan know she is talking to Susan's dad, as this gets Susan all paranoid.

Karin does think pretty highly of Susan's Dad, and everything I know about him from direct experience is okay. I even can understand why he might have told the prosecution what he did about her mental state, as I think anyone who has or needs to act as an authority figure in Susan's life is going to find that she is more than a handfull. Her distrust of authority exceeds even my own Idaho-raised sensitivities.

If Susan does get some kind of indeterminate sentance, then all concerned need to have an exit strategy, or at least a strategy that allows for her estate to run itself and reimburse those who invest on her behalf. Lowering interest costs, therefore, is a good excuse for refinancing. Doing so in a manner that surprises Susan makes it interesting, but perhaps Karin and John both know that it is easier to gain forgiveness than permission even when they do know what is best.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Gamine said...

Okay, well refinancing sounds a bit better than forclosure.

"Forclosure" to me says "Homeless". I see ugly public auctions and personal effects left out on the curb. I see House of Sand and Fog. If the idea however is to make it possible for Susan to keep her home while giving the family trust a graceful exit, then it might not be such a bad thing.

And sad though it is, and as emotional as it might be, people do have to think about practical matters even during times like this.

You have a better sense of this than I do: I sincerely hope that there is someone in the family who truly is Susan's advocate in these matters.

7:15 AM  
Blogger JB said...

Yes, what I've heard recently is different from what I heard, at first.

6:06 AM  

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