A 92-year-old World War II veteran’s eviction was halted. John Potter has lived in his Ohio home for nearly 60 years. In January his daughter filed a lawsuit to evict him from his home.
In 2004, Potter and his now deceased wife gave their daughter power of attorney. The documents gave Janice Cottrill permission to make legal decisions on her parents’ behalf. The Potters trusted their daughter to make decisions in their best interest.
As reported by ABC News, Potter eventually learned his daughter used the documents to transfer his home into her name. By the time Potter realized what happened, it was too late to reverse the transfer.
In 2010 Potter revoked Cottrill’s power of attorney. He filed new paperwork, placing his granddaughter, Jaclyn Fraley, in charge of his affairs.
In February, the 92-year-old World War II veteran received an eviction notice. His daughter and son-in-law demanded that he vacate the home.
Potter fought the eviction in court. However, he lost the case.
Fraley did not want her grandfather to lose his home. Left with few options, she took his story to the media. The outpouring of support was astounding.
Potter eventually received $140,000 in donations. He attempted to use the money to purchase the home from his daughter. Despite offering more than market value, his offer was refused.
Months later, Cottrill has finally accepted her father’s offer. Fraley announced the news through Facebook:
“This has been the longest and hardest fight of our lives and it is finally over! Grandpa can spend the rest of his life in the home he built… I cannot thank all of you enough. It was your donations that made buying back his home possible… Grandpa and I are forever in your debt and all of you will be forever in our hearts.”
The 92-year-old World War II veteran can finally relax knowing that he will not have to find a new home.
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