Ask Amy: Seeking advice on reclaiming money lent by deceased husband


Ask Amy: Seeking Closure and Compassion – How can I gracefully recover the borrowed sum my beloved husband lent to a friend, without compromising the precious memories we shared?

Dear Amy,

I hope you can offer me some guidance on a difficult situation I find myself in.

My late husband had a generous heart and was always ready to help those in need. One of his friends approached him a few years ago, asking for a loan to start a business. My husband, being the kind-hearted person he was, readily agreed and lent him a significant amount of money.

Unfortunately, my husband passed away unexpectedly last year, leaving me to deal with not only the emotional loss but also the financial repercussions of this loan.

Since my husband’s passing, I have reached out to his friend several times, reminding him of the debt and asking for repayment. However, he has been avoiding me, making excuses, and even ignoring my calls and messages.

I am at a loss for what to do. This money was not only a significant sum for us, but it was also meant to support our future plans and dreams. Now, I am left struggling to make ends meet and feeling betrayed by someone my husband considered a friend.

Is there any legal recourse I can take to ensure that this debt is repaid? I never expected to find myself in this situation, but I feel like I need to take action to protect my late husband’s legacy and secure my own financial stability.

Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
Struggling Widow

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