, Derry, New Hampshire


September 27, 2012

Being harassed? Don't take the bait

Can I sue people who sit across the street from my apartment calling me crazy?

My family is currently involved in a business dispute that is tied up in court and the local approval boards. The opposing parties have gotten people in our densely populated neighborhood to harass me. They sit there and stare, point and talk about me to complete strangers.

I called the police, who came and talked to the people, then told me it was a civil matter and not to call them anymore. Now, they’re telling people I am crazy. What can I do?

Issue one, fortunately, is that there appears not to be any threat of physical harm, so a restraining order or criminal charges are out of the question.

I don’t see the point of a civil case of any type because I am guessing that it’s doubtful that these people have assets for you to go after if you win a judgment. No lawyer will take a case like this on a contingency and I doubt that you’re willing to pay an attorney’s hourly rate to pursue a lengthy contested lawsuit.

My best advice is practical, not legal. Go about your routine and ignore the bothersome people. They are likely just trying to bait you to do something that will make the situation worse. Be better than that and disregard them.

My aunt died and had a will. She never married and really had no one except for my sister and me. I am named as executor in the will and everything goes 50-50 to my sister and me.

She had a nice house, a car and some accounts. We want to sell the house, but, the real estate agent and everyone else says I can’t do anything until I go to probate.

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