Friday, January 04, 2013
DH and I head over to Chapala today to go to the Mexican "court" to sign paperwork to bring the whole legal thing to a close. For those who have been following me you know that this has been a two year struggle. Now that it is finally over we will be suing the people who did this to us to hopefully prevent them from ever doing such an awful thing to anyone else and to recoup our out of pocket expenses. Our attorneys believe we will get not only the money back that we spent but also monies for pain and suffering. For those that haven't followed, in a brief review, we had neighbors who were using an easement that we granted them file criminal charges against my husband and I saying that we "disposed" them of property and stole gas tanks off their property and that my DH yelled at people looking to buy the property and threatened them with a gun. Of course none of these things had any truth at all to them. We never prevented the people from using the property and the gas tanks they said we stole are in their garage and we don't own a gun and we would never even yell at people who might buy the property as we would want to reach out and be friendly to anyone who might live next door....we are good friends with all our other neighbors, in fact they all come over here for Christmas and Thanksgiving as we have the better party space. Anyway, we have learned a lot about the Mexican court system and I would say our biggest frustration is that anyone can lie and there is no punishment like perjury where you pay fines and go to jail if you lie. But there is financial punishment and "pain and suffering" that one can get by filing a lawsuit. At first I thought, why bother....it's done and after two years we were able to prove everything was a lie, so let's just move on in a positive way and forget it. But then my DH and I did an account of how much money we spent and how much time we put in defending ourselves. We spent $12,000 US dollars defending ourselves. My DH is awesome about record keeping and he even keep records of how many hours we had to go to courts, meet with attorneys and such. Many, many hours. But then we have to decide what number (dollar amount) to attach to the pain and suffering. So how do you come up with an amount for all the nights you couldn't sleep, the time when you couldn't travel, the family events we missed. How does one come up with a price for that? We will meet with the attorney and see what he says. Again I wasn't sure I wanted to sue them but then my DH and I discussed this and our attorney says that my DH and I won't have to do much at all that he will do all the work. My DH and I said that we would give some of the pain and suffering recovered dollars to Madre Maria and the children of the orphanage. So it will be worth the effort. But again how does one come up with a price for two years of pain and suffering? It will be interesting.
Anyway today is a good day...we get the final paperwork stating that the charges were unfounded and without merit!
I weighed in today at 108.5 as I have been very good since the pizza on New Years Eve day. You know me, want to get under goal of 110 so I can spurge again. Well today I know my DH will want to go out to eat and have beers after court to celebrate so I am happy that I am in a place where I can eat and enjoy without guilt.
So how would you come up with a pain and suffering number?
Thanks to all of you dear friends for listening and supporting me with this craziness.
Make today a great day.