This is a lawyer to LOVE!
Only in Louisiana - you have to love this lawyer - It's too good notto share!
Everyone who has ever bought a house will enjoy this. A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client who lost hishouse in Hurricane Katrina and wanted to rebuild. He was told the loan wouldbe granted if he could prove satisfactory title to the parcel of propertybeing offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to1803, which took the Lawyer three months to track down.
After sendingthe information to the FHA, he received the following reply:(Actual letter):"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application,we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While wecompliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presentedthe application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to theproposed collateral property back to 1803.
Before final approval canbe accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin." Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows:
(Actual Letter): "Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. Inote that you wish to have title extended further than the 194 yearscovered by the present application.
I was unaware that any educated person in
this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that Louisiana was purchased, by the U.S., from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed
FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. Ownershipwas obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquestfrom Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right ofDiscovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus,
who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the
Spanish monarch, Isabella.
The good queen, Isabella, being a pious woman
and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition.
Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, theSon of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world.Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of theworld called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we knowit AND the FHA.I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may wehave our damn loan?"
He got the loan.
Thanks Barry & Louise D.