Lane Powell Achieves Significant Moral Victory for Elderly Woman Being Sued by Daughter
One of Lane Powell’s clients, a 77-year-old single woman, was sued by her oldest daughter and son-in-law, who seek to obtain an equitable interest in her home, which currently is vacant and listed for sale. On Friday, January 25, the plaintiffs obtained an order ex parte permitting them to move back in, though they failed to provide Lane Powell with notice and waited to serve the Firm’s client until the following Monday, when police showed up at her door with papers. Lane Powell Shareholder Mick Fleming put a team together in the hopes of immediately restoring the status quo. Lane Powell attorneys Laura Marquez-Garrett and Gretchen Hoog prepared four separate Petitions for Protection and filed a Motion to Dissolve on two days’ notice. The Commissioner requested that he be permitted to hear the motion, rather than the judge assigned. On Friday, February 1, he restored the status quo, awarded Lane Powell more than $7,800 in attorneys’ fees, sanctioned opposing counsel, personally, in the amount of $5,000, and ordered full reimbursement of any damage to the property after inspection. The order warned against further misconduct by the opposing party and provided our client with much needed peace of mind.