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Hello All,

 

 

I'm looking for some advice, if possible

 

 

In 2012 my wife and I were given a gift of £5000 by a friend who owned his own successful business after he found out we were in some financial difficulty.

 

 

We refused the gift which he paid straight into our account, but he was adamant that it would be taken out on his company account and it would be written off. We didn't know if this was true or not but the money was gift with no strings attached.

 

 

A few days later he called us to say he needed the money back as his accountant advised him that he was incorrect and the company could not write it off.

 

 

We couldn't pay him back as the money was used to pay a credit card off. Being nice people that we are and seeing that he was in some distress about the situation (along with us now being in a position of having to pay back £5000 immediately) we approached our parents for the money and explained why, but they couldn't help - in their view it was gift which he decided to give us and got it wrong with his company accounts - why should they be put in a position of paying £5K. We told the friend we would get a loan or credit card to get it back to him but he told us to forget about it, it was his mistake and he would sort it out.

 

 

2 years later he contacted us wanting the money back. Again being nice people we said we would try to pay it back to help him, but it was not financially viable for us at that time and would need to look at the possibility of a monthly payment later in the year.

 

 

That time has come and gone now, our circumstances haven't changed - we cant afford to help get the money back to him and he has taken legal advice - the solicitor told him to mediate the situation with two options 1. a monthly payment of £100 or 2. a one off payment of £4000 (£1000 less than the gift amount - which seems strange to me).

 

 

It was personal letter from him, not from the solicitor.

 

 

He has texts from my wife discussing how we could try and help get him the money back ie we would see how our circumstance were early next year and pay £100 a month - this was our good nature trying to help him resolve his mistake with his accounts. But he is taking it out of context and saying it was a loan which we agreed to which he is saying he can prove by using the text from my wife.

 

 

He has no texts from us or contract in place with us saying it is a loan and will be paid back monthly etc etc.

 

 

He is using the texts against us now, they were written in good faith to try and help him out when we could and we're fearful of our what position is now and what may happen if its goes further.

 

 

Can anyone shed some light on what our best course of action is. His personal letter demands a reply by the end of the month, choosing and payment option or confirming we will not pay, at which point he will take it further.

 

 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read.

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Was there anything in writing? It sounds like he gave you a gift, realised he made a massive mistake, left it YEARS, prob got into financial difficulties himself and is lying about a solicitor to get the money.

 

But if theres nothing in writing, plus hes left it years without contact, then its doubtful he will be able to claim it. ALthough he can issue a claim via MCOL, so make sure you have a solid defence if he does try.


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no, nothing saying it was a loan or a gift.

 

 

He is taking my wife's message out of context to threaten a summary cause claim. The texts were an attempt by us to help him in his situation when our circumstances allowed - which he is trying to use to prove a contract between us - agreement to pay and start date etc. Totally avoiding admission of the gift and mistake he made with his accounts.

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If you haven't got any assets and are not bothered about a ccj, let him go to court and get nothing.

That's given that he can convince the judge it was a loan (very difficult Imo)

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That's exactly what has happened, and I feel we are totally being taken advantage of - we're trying to help but cant because of our situation and sounds like his situation isn't much better and he's threatening to get the money back.

 

 

Im unaware of MCOL. Because nothing is in writing, I feel we have no defense and half a defense at the same time, if that makes sense. I have no upfront proof it was gift and he has no upfront proof it was a loan - only using our texts out context.

 

 

The only thing that is keeping me sane about this, is the sequence of events for example - if it was a loan, with an agreed repayment plan why would we go to our parents only days after the transfer happened and ask for a loan to pay him back.........

 

 

Thanks for your replies so far!!!

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If this were a bank or a finance company and they issued a claimform, how would you respond?

You would acknowledge and defend all, then request all reliant documents such as an AGREEMENT via cpr 31:14.

You already know he has none.

He already knows that even if he wins you dont have the means to pay.

 

IMHO he is flogging a dead horse and has no prospect of success as the burden of proof is his.


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The 31.14 would sink him pretty much instantly. He wouldnt have a single shred of paperwork.


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Just thinking worse case......if it goes to court and he is awarded - we have no savings and our only asset that would cover the £5000 would be through the house - could I be forced to sell or have my home re-possessed for sale............

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summary cause claim

 

 

so you are in Scotland?

 

 

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I am, yes.

 

 

Didn't think this is how i would be spending my evening - familiarising myself with summary cause claims and MCOLs - thank fully this wesite is here!!!

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