Saturday, April 30, 2016

In which the estate will not die - it's like a hydra

Oh good grief.

Primo had money wired from the estate's account for house sale stuff.

No. He tried to have money wired from the estate's account.

Let me back up.

Sly and Doris had their money with ABC Investments. (I don't want to use the real name because it is a reputable organization and this was the error of one person at one branch.)

They had their regular investments and Sly had his IRA there.

Primo inherited Sly's IRA because Sly never got around to changing the secondary beneficiary on the account after Doris died.

Primo has not moved any of the money because it is fine where it is.

He had to have some money wired to the buyer of Sly and Doris' house. He called ABC Investments to have them send the money.

He discovered yesterday (on Christmas, when he went online to check that everything had been done properly) that ABC had wired money from the IRA that Primo now owns instead of from the estate's account.

He is ticked off. It's just one more thing to fix and it has to be fixed ASAP or it could have an impact on our taxes, i.e., we are not taking any distributions this year* because we don't want to deal with the additional reporting.


* Apparently not required first year.

Friday, April 29, 2016

In which Primo calls Jack and discovers that Ted sent pears to Jack, too

And we wonder why someone so apparently desperate for cash that he tries to make money off attending his own father's funeral would be spending $29.99 plus $9.99 shipping (yes, I looked it up) to send pears to Primo.

If you are broke, don't buy Christmas presents for people. They will understand.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

You thought it was OVER? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

It's Christmas Eve. The buyer signed the papers. We thought it was done.

But no!

The woman who used to live next door to Sly and Doris (See: "I just want to ram a pole up her ass!") and whose son moved into the house when the woman moved out just called Primo.

There is a bunch of trash in front of her son's house.

Primo doesn't know why it's there. He doesn't know if the realtor put it there or if the realtor put stuff in front of Sly and Doris' house and the buyer moved it in front of the neighbor's house. He doesn't know because he has been unable to reach any of the parties involved.

I say whatever. The trash guys will pick it up on Monday regardless. As one commenter said, This is no longer our circus. These are no longer our monkeys.

Wait. Primo is on the phone with the former neighbor. He is explaining that he does not know what is going on - that the house sold this morning. He is apologizing. He is explaining that the buyer has been a bit of a problem - that the buyer had said Primo could leave furniture, etc., because they might want it. That the realtor spent yesterday clearing stuff out.

Elsie says she does not know if everything has been there since yesterday but there is a couch.

Which the realtor had said he would take to Goodwill.

Primo is saying, "I am trying to reach the realtor. Did you take a photo? Please send it to me."

He is saying, "Calling the HOA is not going to solve the problem. My family no longer owns the house. But it appears that my agent did this. I am very sorry. I have been trying to reach him, but he has not responded."

He continues, "I hope [your son] can put with some junk for a few days. I hope the fact that he got a really good deal on my mom and dad's car helps make this tolerable."

To me: "The agent ordered a special trash pickup for today and they haven't come yet. He said he was taking it to Goodwill. He should have told me what was going on."

In which it is Christmas Eve and THE BUYER SIGNED THE PAPERS!

He signed! The buyer signed! NO MORE HOUSE SALE DRAMA!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In which there is MORE drama with the closing of the house

Primo sent a fedex package yesterday with all the signed closing documents. We thought that meant we were DONE. Except we thought that the buyer might find more problems during the walkthrough later today.

We still don't know what the buyer will find during the walkthrough. The realtor is spending the day clearing the house of all the leftover stuff that the buyer had said weeks ago Primo could leave in the house.

He called the title company to make sure they got the package.

They did.

But then they said Oh by the way there is a new Florida law and that $2,000 the buyer wants in escrow to cover additional repairs? We can't use escrow for repairs any more. So you need to send a check overnight directly to the buyer.

Primo: But that means we have to trust the buyer to send any extra money back.

Me: I don't even care anymore. I just want this guy out of our lives. I don't care if he keeps the money.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In which we learn that the buyer has been acting a little bit in bad faith maybe

Nope. Not over.

There was a patch of mildewy something somewhere so the realtor cleaned it and now the buyer wants it professionally cleaned and says it means termites even though there is a termite contract.

And then the buyer had said Primo could leave anything he wanted in the house - there was still a guest bed and a desk and a sofa in the house and a table and a lot of gardening stuff in the garage and shelves. The buyer said that weeks ago.

Just now - three days before Christmas, two days before closing - the buyer has said, nope. Don't want anything in the house. House has to be completely empty.

I thought these problems were with the realtor but it turns out the buyer is a rich kid who is used to getting his way with everything and who appears, to me, to be acting in bad faith. If you are a person of good faith, you don't expect other people to be jerks. You don't expect someone to tell you two days before closing that he wants the furniture out of the house after he told you six weeks ago don't worry! just leave it!

In which Ted'sWife bugs Primo about the money again

"She emailed again."

"What now?"

"She sent Ted and me a link to some personal finance article and said it might be better for them to be reimbursed before the end of the year."

"Better for whom?"

"For them."

"They are relentless!"

"I am thinking of telling them I will take their word on the outstanding credit card debt - about six thousand dollars - for Ted'sSon's high school, but for his current program expenses, they have to send me receipts."

"I think that's reasonable."

"Stephanie sent receipts! Maria set me up on her student loan account!"

"That's because that's the right way to do it. When the power company sends us a bill, they can't just say, 'Give us $300.' They have to show us the meter reading."

"Exactly."

"You are right."

"You don't think I am being too hard on them asking for receipts?"

"Are you kidding me? They have done nothing but be nasty to you. I don't want to give them any money!"

"Well, it is Ted'sSon's money."

"I wouldn't put it past them to sue you later to say that you had disbursed funds inappropriately, like if you pay that credit card debt without any kind of receipt."

"But it would have been to them!"

"Ted is the kind of guy who would kill his parents and then throw himself on the mercy of the court because he's an orphan!"

"Yep. That's why I asked the lawyer to check into it and to tell me how much latitude I have with that old debt. He said I am fine. I don't want Ted suing me. I am clear."