Seems to me the contractor had no more claim to any of it than he
would have had uncovering a stash hidden by the current owner. I can't
see the heirs having a claim either. For one thing, the money was part
of the house when it was sold, and for another, surely there must be a
statue of limitations on returning lost property.
Obviously, the lawyers disagree.
That's how I feel about it. Anything a contractor finds in the house
belongs to the home owner. Just because it's hidden in a wall doesn't
mean it's up for grabs.
The story mentioned the lady was going to declare bankruptcy, or at least
testified to that in court? What's she doing remodeling anyway?
If you're quiet, your teeth never touch your ankles.
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"contractor Bob Kitts, who couldn't agree on how to split the money with
Ummm, how about 0:100 for the homeowner.
Wow, what made this guy think he had any right to any of it?
If I'm taking out a vanity and find a diamond ring that fell behind it,
what it the world would make me think I had any right to keep it?
Does this guy go through the couch cushions, too? :-)
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
In English law, the difference is that in one case it's "lost" and in the
"Lost" is obviously the home-owners property. No argument.
Hidden stuff by parties deceased is "treasure trove" and is automatically
property of the Crown. In practice, the finder usually gets a reward, which
may even amount to the full value, but that is discretionary and by no means
I know, but I was merely pointing out that moral responsibility, common sense
and the legal position are not always congruent. Sometimes what would seem
"obvious" and "correct" from a philosophical perspective, is downright wrong
when ground down and reassembled by The Law. Were it not so, we would need no
lawyers and ultimately no Law - just non-prejudicial contemplation
In other cases, the judicial process makes analysis of arguable issues easier
- but only within the bounds of the construct. It has no "absolute" value. If
it had, the law in Cleveland, OH would be the same as in Manchester, England
and Baghdad Iraq. That's a whole new can of worms - the argument for an
absolute truth derived from whatever source is probably THE biggest issue in
the world today and for the forseeable future. I don't think we, as a rec.
group can afford to go there, particularly when we have piles of wet sawdust
to find a use for.. and hanging prepositions about which to get pedantic.
Take the money..open the box.. take the money.. open the box...
You ARE the choices you make.
Peace 'n' Hugs.
On closing day, after the fact, I once found 30 old silver dollars , boxed
and tucked away under the kitchen sink of a house I'd just purchased in the
Heights area of Houston. I immediately returned them to the seller that
afternoon. The only thing I gained from that experience was the satisfaction
of seeing the smile on the lady's face because she'd gotten her deceased
husband's "coin collection" back, and the knowledge that I can't be bought
for a mere $30 + appreciation ... however, add a goodly number more zeros
and that might change ... maybe. :)
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