Several weeks ago we wrote about 92-year-old John Potter, an Ohio man and World War II veteran who was facing eviction from the home he had built and lived in for over 50 years. The person evicting him from the home is Potter’s own daughter, Janice Cottrill, in whose name the property is titled.
When we last told you about the story, Potter had begun an Internet fund raising campaign to raise money to buy the home back. Though the home was valued at a modest $50,000, Potter was able, with the assistance of his granddaughter Jaclyn Fraley, to raise over $125,000. After raising the money he offered to purchase the home from his daughter, but the daughter refused to sell.
Now, it appears that the two sides will meet in court to determine whether the eviction process can proceed. Though an Ohio court has not yet set a trial date, the two sides have been unable to find common ground and may leave it up to a judge to determine the final outcome.
Potter’s story began back in 2004 when, after experiencing a bout of ailing health, he transferred his financial decision-making authorities to his daughter through a financial power of attorney. The daughter used her authority to retitle the property in her name, something Potter didn’t discover until several years later. Though he took his daughter to court to regain title to the property, an Ohio appeals court ruled against him.