I bought an old farmhouse in December 2015. It was an as-is cash purchase from an estate. I had a buyer’s agent, and since I was out of state, the transaction was done online. I viewed the house once prior to contract, and once again the morning of settlement. I did not have a formal inspection, because I assumed it needed complete renovation and my offer reflected that.
Okay, so I’ve been living in the property doing the renovations, and assorted relatives of the former owner keep appearing at my door asking questions about the sale. On three occasions, a woman came by when I wasn’t home and questioned my mother. The third time this happened, my mother was annoyed and told her she didn’t want to talk to her and to please stop coming around.
That was last week. Yesterday, another woman came by, again while I wasn’t home, and handed my mother a subpoena for me to appear as a witness for the woman I never met, who’d been questioning my mother. The subpoena asks for documents pertaining to the sale and photos of the property when I obtained possession.
All records of the sale are already in the file the estate executor filed with the court, and I don’t have any relevant photos. I never met or spoke to any of these people, except the executor at the settlement.
When I looked up the case in the court docket, I learned that the woman who issued the subpoena was originally a co-executor who was removed by court petition after she mingled estate assets with her own. She is listed as an “interested party” on the docket. This case has been ongoing since June 2014.
I understand that a subpoena compels me to appear with these documents, but what is the point? What value does this woman think I have as a witness? I have to take the day off from a job I just started, print out hard copies of these documents, and travel over an hour to the courthouse. If I am forced to do this, I will not be a friendly witness, that’s for sure.
Appreciate any ideas on how to proceed. Should I contact the attorneys involved? Is there anything I can say to them to get out of this? Do her visits to the house constitute harassment?
Has anyone ever been in a similar situation?
Thanks in advance for reading all this.