My question involves criminal law for the state of: NY
I have a serious problem and I'm not sure what to do. I've already contacted my Lawyer but he wasn't in his office yesterday due to the Holiday so I'm awaiting his phone call today. In the meantime, I need some advice on what to do. Here goes.....
I lived with my Grandparents since I was 13 and I'm now 35. When my Grandfather fell ill he gave me his car because he could no longer drive. A few months later I traded his car at at used car dealership and paid the difference for a new car. My Grandmother said that I could put the car in her name. So We kept the insurance in her name and we registered the car in her name. Her name is also on the bill of sale and my name is nowhere on any of the paperwork. I've had the car for a couple of years now. My grandfather passed away in May of last year. When he passed away I moved out of the state and took my car with me. After my grandfather passed away my grandmother completely lost her mind. With that being said, she refuses to sign the title to my car. She thinks that by signing the title, she's claiming responsibility for the car. I've tried to explain to her that I just want to get it out of her name and into my fiance's name so that we can register it and insure it in the new state we live in. I called her after a few weeks went by and explained to her that if she doesn't sign the title I'm going to have no choice but to bring the car back to her house and leave it there. She then said I can't do that, she doesn't want the car at her house, it's not her car it's my car. I even sent her a certified letter asking her to sign the title, explaining to her again why I needed her to sign it and telling her again that if she doesn't sign it I'm going to bring the car to her house and leave it in her driveway. No response from her after that and now she won't talk to me. A couple of months have gone by since all of that happened. I was going to go to her house and try and talk to her in person about it. I called my insurance company yesterday because I wanted to get a quote on the car and they typed in the VIN number and told me that the car is coming up as stolen! They couldn't tell me who reported it stolen. I explained to them everything that I just wrote here and told them that it's my car and it's sitting in my driveway right now.
My question is, My car was reported stolen and it's sitting in my driveway right now and has been for almost a year! I have no paperwork in my name, nothing. I have all of the paperwork but it's all in my grandmother's name. I have receipts for the car from when I had work done on it and everything. What should I do?? I'm nervous as anything now. I was thinking about calling a state to state towing company and towing the car back to her house until I can somehow get this straightened out. I don't know what I should do. Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Oh and the kicker to all of this is, My grandmother doesn't even have a drivers license and never did! I know that the registration on the car has expired for some time now and that's another reason why I needed to have her sign my title. Ughhhhh I just don't know what to do next. Please help!!!