Gotta love this lawyer!

  1. (disclaimer: I haven't checked this out on Even if it is only made-up, however, I found it VERY entertaining!!! --- D )

    A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client who
    lost his house in Hurricane Katrina and wanted to rebuild. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:

    (Actual letter):
    "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan
    application, we note that the request is supported by an
    Abstract of Title.

    While we compliment the able manner in which you have
    prepared and presented the application, we must point
    out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."

    Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:

    (Actual Letter):
    "Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been
    received. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 years covered by the present application.

    I was unaware that any educated person in this country,
    particularly those working in the property area, would
    not know that Louisiana was purchased, by the U.S., from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application.

    For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats,
    the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was
    obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain.

    The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain
    named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the
    privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish
    monarch, Isabella.

    The good queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost
    as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition.

    Now the Pope, as I sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God to Christians, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world.
    Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana.

    God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His
    origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it AND the FHA.
    I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory.

    Now, may we have our damn loan?"

    He got the loan.
    Last edit by dianah on Dec 6, '06
  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   EricJRN
    That's hilarious!
  4. by   bethin
    Yep, you gotta love that lawyer.
  5. by   AmyB
    Love it!!! Just sent it to my atty husband, FIL, and others.
  6. by   sirI
    Excellent, Di. I have sent this to several of my clients.....