I got a blast from the past last night.
I came home from the store Friday night and Mom said that someone who claimed to be my old friend’s younger brother came by with a message that MOF wanted me to call him.
MOF doesn’t have a younger brother.
The note was a Santa Cruz number but I didn’t call it. Since I last hung out with MOF, he has been in prison at least three times.
MOF and I had grown up together but we never had any classes together so we were neither friend nor enemies, we were just two kids that went to the same school. But when I left the straight and narrow Sunday School path and started exploring the sins of the flesh. I spent a large portion of my senior year of HS getting high in his kitchen
When I married my first wife, MOF was my best man. When my daughter Caitlin died he was there for me. He was my best friend for 15 years. He got me hooked on watching the Oakland Raiders. We coached Little League and Junior Football together.
Last nite there was a tap on my window. It was MOF. I almost didn’t recognize him. Long story short, I invite him in and we chat.
When I stopped drinking, he kept going. He chose the dark and crooked path. He lost his wife, his job, and his freedom. He was selling drugs to support himself and his drug habit. He met MPEG and her friends during that period. His last arrest was 10 years ago, which was also the last time he used.
He has a house he bought in 1980. The mortgage was almost paid off.
Last week he was served papers indicating that the house was sold at auction and the new owners were evicting him. Supposedly the house was sold at auction to satisfy an unpaid promissory note for $20,000 from 12-14 years ago. MOF says he never borrowed any money.
Even if he owed the money, the house is worth way more than $20k. He says he was never served anything until the eviction papers last week. He has a hearing on Thursday. I told him I didn’t know if I could help him but I would meet him at the courthouse Tuesday to look at the file and then we would go to the Recorders office and see what they have. I will be looking for
The easiest way to win a civil case is to challenge the paperwork and show that all the i’s weren’t dotted or the t’s not crossed. Back in the mid-00’s when all the craziness was going on in the RE market people were winning cases because the banks had been passing loans around like cards in a game of Go Fish without doing all the proper paperwork. The banks doing the foreclosures could not prove they had the standing to bring the suits. The legal term is “privity.”
I’m not personally invested in this case. If MOF is telling the truth he does need help. And if he is lying then I can walk away. But nobody deserves to have their home stolen.
I think he is telling the truth. Helping people with situations like his is why I went to law school. So it looks like it’s gonna be once more unto the breach for me. I hope my skills aren’t atrophied.