My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California
My Father passed away a little over 2 months ago. He was living in a small Board and Care facility for the elderly in a town 160 miles from our home. It is owned and operated by a wife and her husband. My father became a resident of this Board and Care facility 2 years ago. I paid the first and last months rent as required by the board and care facility immediately before he was admitted.
About 9 months ago the board and care facility was sold from one wife and husband team to another wife and husband team. When my father died, both the former owners and current owners agreed that the former owners should reimburse me for the last month's rent because I had paid the first and last month's rent to the former owners.
The former owners asked me to give them 30 days to pay me what they owed me. I agreed. After 30 days passed, I contacted the former owners and asked them to send me what they owed me. They stalled me. Another month has passed without them sending me a check. After friendly and polite phone calls from me they continue to stall me and are now giving me no indication they are willing to send me a check.
What legal action can I take to collect the money that is owed to me from the former owner? Is there any chance that it is really the responsibility of the current owners to reimburse me? I am considering hiring an attorney here in my home town to help me collect this debt. She does Elder Law, Tax Law, Business Law, and Estate Planning. My wife and I like her.
Because we have received great advice from you on this forum several years ago, I thought I'd contact you before I make an appointment with this local attorney. Thank you! ~ jkq