Fw: You've Got To Love This Lawyer

Even what we may think about lawyer's, this'n sure got his point across.


This is good.

A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client who lost his house in Hurricane
Katrina and wanted to rebuild. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove
satisfactory title to the parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the
property dated back to 1803, which took the Lawyer three months to track down.

After sending the 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 we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the
application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be 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. I note that you wish to have title extended further than the
194 years covered 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.
ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of
Spain by Right of Discovery 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, the Son 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 the world 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
know it AND the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our damn loan?"

He got the loan.


gruaud said...

This RWF is ancient; I saw this one back in the 90's.
Snopes dates it all the way back to 1955.

And, by the way, the FHA rocks. Thanks again, FDR.
The best president ever.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere in there, there were some animals and brown-skinned people living on that land, but that's too irrelevant to mention.

Everything is owned by God until white people come across it, at which point God gives it away.

Anonymous said...

Well the FHA partially rocks but it also sucks. It did allow for the creation of a large home-owning middle class, which is great. Unfortunately it also allowed for discriminatory practices which deliberately prevented African American citizens from enjoying these benefits. As a result black citizens were confined to less desirable areas in inner cities while white citizens got to enjoy the suburbs and the accumulation of wealth and status that comes with homeowning.

I don't blame FDR for this, but it is a sad truth.

gruaud said...


I will research this, anon. Thanks.

Can you imagine a neocon thanking someone for
contradicting them?

Me neither. ( =

gruaud said...

Sure enough, several articles on discriminatory practices of FHA.

How'd those Republicans sneak in?

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