Cases & Deals

Lawyer assist elderly client to get her home back in fraudulent eviction action

Clients Alice Lumpkin

Two Cleveland Office associates completed representation of a woman in an eviction case. The house in question belonged to the client's mother (who is 84 and confined to a wheelchair). The client's son had forged his grandmother's name to a quit-claim deed and purported to take title to her property as she was being moved to a nursing home. He then filed an action to evict his mother from his grandmother's home. Jones Day was able to have the eviction action dismissed, and pursed a counterclaim to void the deed and restore the ownership situation to the status quo ante. After the notary admitted in her deposition that she had not seen the grandmother sign the deed, the son agreed to deed the property back to his grandmother in exchange for dismissal of our client's counterclaims.