Dear Abby: I am an 83-year-old mother of four. I have been living with my second husband now for 21 years. Nineteen years ago, my husband loaned one of my daughters and her husband a large sum of money so they could buy a house and pay off bills and judgments. All the necessary paperwork for the loan was signed at the time of the closing with a lawyer present, and it was agreed they would pay us back a certain amount every month.

After a few years of mostly regular repayments the payments dwindled, although they continued to buy expensive electronics and other items. Several years have passed now and a few checks and cash payments have arrived, but only after much begging.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also know as Jeanne Phillips..

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