HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (Meredith/CNN) – A 91-year-old Florida woman is claiming that one of her relatives is trying to steal her home from her.
“I want to live content in my house,” Yvonne King told WSVN. “My house is paid off. I’ll be 92. I can’t go to work. Nobody will hire me.”
King fell behind on her taxes, owing her county about $5,000. That’s when a relative, who the family didn't name, approached her about helping.
“He said he was going to sign the house over to him(self),” King claimed. By doing so, she obtained a Quitclaim deed.
“The quitclaim deed only operates to convey to the seller's interest in the property to the buyer. This means that if a seller owns a building, (they) can give a quitclaim deed to the buyer and the seller's entire interest has been transferred.” – Legalzoom.com
“He said, ‘Now, you sign it,’ but I cannot see good. My eyes are bad,” King, who is partially blind, said. “I couldn’t see what I was writing. And he just told me, ‘Sign here.’”
Months later, an eviction notice arrived in the mail. “I did not know the man was going to take my house,” King told WSVN. She tried to reach out to the relative, but was only met with silence.
“I cried all night,” King said. “I don’t know where I’m going. I need help.”
Jeremy Mathis, a resident King's neighborhood, saw her story and knew he had to help, despite never meeting King before.
"This happened, actually, to a family member, and I just felt compelled to move," he told WSVN. "My mom always taught us to do for others what God put you in a position to help other people out, and I'm in a position to help her."
Mathis reached out to his litigation attorney to see what they could do to keep King in her home. They filed a motion to stay, which will allow her to stay in her home until the entire situation is figured out.
“I thank them very much,” King said to WSVN. “Yes, I appreciate that. I don’t want to leave my house. I find out that everybody loves me. All that comes in, even from those that don’t know me. God bless you all, everyone, God bless you all.”
Information for this article was provided by the CNN Wire and WSVN.