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Monday question: Five large looms large

Posted by Robin Abrahams  June 25, 2012 09:42 AM

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Monday question, and it's a situation many folks have found themselves in:

A number of years ago my husband and I loaned his sister $5,000 for her to secure a new apartment and help purchase a new car ? she was in the process of divorcing her husband. She told us she?d start repaying us in a few months after she got settled. Seven years later she has not made one payment or even acknowledged it. We both feel hurt and taken advantage of. To us it?s the matter of principal [ed. note: Sic, and pun presumably not intended] not so much the money, even though we would both like the extra $5,000. What would you suggest the best way of approaching her about the money . . . . or should we just write the whole thing off?

What do you think, dear readers? I'll post my advice Friday. Stay dry!

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