If my sister purchaseda vehicle but it’s in my name, do I have any rights to it?

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If my sister purchaseda vehicle but it’s in my name, do I have any rights to it?

My sister’s vehicle is in my name because she was to young to purchase it. we got in a argument and I took possession of the vehicle. She is suing me for it but I have added the vehicle in my Chapter 13 to repay her for the vehicle. Do I really have any legal rights in keeping the vehicle?

Asked on August 16, 2011 Alabama

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

This question is really very simple on the surface but much more complicated once you delve down deeper in to the matter.  And then layering sibling matters on top of legal matter well, the matter then becomes REALLY complicated.  Simply put, if the title to the vehicle is in your name it is your vehicle.  If your sister was too young to purchase or insure the vehicle then please be very careful here as to what you do and say, because you technically perpetrated a fraud.  If you have listed in the bankruptcy then you are intending to discharge the loan, correct?  That will result in it being repossessed.  I think that you, your sister, and your bankruptcy attorney need to sit down and resolve the matter asap.  Good luck.


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