Legal dispute of lottery winnings
A dispute between former paramours over $1,000,000 lottery ticket has now taken over 5 years to get through the legal system. On July 4, 2007 a million-dollar lottery ticket was won by the plaintiff's girlfriend. She cashed in the winning ticket and refused to share it with him. The allegations in the lawsuit were that the parties had been living together since 1993 and had a verbal agreement to split any lottery winnings. The 2007 million-dollar winning payout has now been tied up for over 5 years and the recent decision now requires a jury to decide whether there was a verbal agreement.
The moral to the story? If you're going to buy lottery tickets with another person, put everything in writing and trust no one. Winning lottery tickets have a habit of developing the worst in some people and finding out you have made a deal with the devil after your request for your share has been rejected is going to take years of litigation and substantial attorneys fees. One can only guess what the attorneys fee contract with the rejected former boyfriend looks like.
Disputes between non-married couples are often times no different than in divorces. LaBovick Law Group has a dedicated division dealing with family law and divorce issues. In today's world, with more people choosing to not be married, disputes between former paramours are much more common. Hiring a lawyer with sufficient divorce skills and experience is of utmost importance when breaking up such a relationship.