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    ........gone mad.

    My friend in America sent me this. It is a bit Americanised but you get the idea. How many of us have similiar situations (the council and their fortnightly bin collection for one).
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    Subject: Gotta Love Lawyers
    As most of you receiving this know, New Orleans residents are challenged often with the task of tracing home titles back Potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, making it quite difficult to establish
    ownership.
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    Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client that I thought was absolutely priceless!!
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    This is one lawyer you gotta love!!...... It's too good not to share!
    Everyone who has ever bought a house will enjoy this. A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following
    reply:
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    (Actual letter): "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
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    Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows (actual letter):
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    "Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note
    that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by
    the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this
    country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know
    that Louisiana was purchased, by the U.S. , from France in 1803, the year of
    origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA
    bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from
    France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land
    came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year
    1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the
    privilege of seeking a new route to India by the
    Spanish monarch, Isabella. The good queen, Isabella, being a pious woman and
    almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing
    the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus '
    expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus
    Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this
    world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that
    part of the world called Louisiana . God, therefore, would be the owner of
    origin and His origins date back, to before the beginning of time, the world
    as we know it AND the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be
    satisfactory.
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    Now, may we have our loan?"
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    The loan was approved.
    Bowed Over
    Handmade Dog Collar Accessories
    www.bowedover.co.uk

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    Thanks for that ... gave me such a giggle. It just proves beaurocracy at it's best. At least the solicitor had his head screwed on the right way.
    Caroline

    You don't need talent to be artistic you just need patience!

    www.potterdoodledoo.co.uk

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    • #3
      Exactly Caroline,

      Wish I had a solicitor like that!!! hehe.

      Lisa
      Bowed Over
      Handmade Dog Collar Accessories
      www.bowedover.co.uk

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      • #4
        Well said, that Man!

        It worked in the US...over here he'd still be throttled by the beloved redtape of the bureacrats..

        Jules
        Apple Tree Crafts
        www.appletreecraftfairs.com

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        • #5
          I know, we can't get away with the "we were taken over by the french in 1800's). They would probably make us go back to before the dinosaurs were extinct and you still wouldn't get the loan.

          Cheers.

          Lisa
          Bowed Over
          Handmade Dog Collar Accessories
          www.bowedover.co.uk

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