Legal Advice Wanted

Jade34
Jade34 Posts: 33 Forumite
Hi folks, I haven't posted for a long time but I have a bit of a dilemma on my mind and wondered if there were any legal brains out there who could help.

I'll keep it brief and stick to the facts but it is a long story I'm afraid. First of all, I signed a Trust Deed in January 2002. My partner at that time, who lived with me, wanted to buy a car from Yes Car Credit. We went along and eventually purchased a car in August 2002, which I made clear to my partner at that time that I could have nothing to do with due to my TD. The salesman phoned us a few days later and asked if I could sign the agreement 'just to make up the finance'. I explained that I had a TD, which he didn't seem bothered about and said I wouldn't be committing myself financially, they 'just needed my signature'. I stupidly signed the agreement then worried myself sick for days. I eventually sought legal advice and was told that as long as the payments were made on time I should leave things as they were. As it turned out, my partner did default on the payments and it was eventually passed to Marlin Financial Services in August 2004. The car was also repossessed.

To cut a very long story short, I'm no longer with my partner, he's paid little or nothing towards this debt, it's been passed to solicitors in England and I've been paying them since November 2005 (and will be for the next 10 years)! I was discharged from my TD in November 2006. I have since been told a few years ago that if I raise a dispute I could be charged with fraud! The lawyer basically told me the best thing to do would be to 'shut up and pay up', which I have done.

My question is could the agreement be deemed invalid and written off because of my situation at the time or could I claim back PPI to be paid towards the debt if not written off? I've let sleeping dogs lie since 2005 and I feel it's unfair that I should be paying off this debt which I made clear I couldn't have anything to do with. I am not a criminal and signed it out of pure pressure from the salesman and my ex partner. I'm just wondering if I should see a solicitor and open the whole can of worms as I'm struggling to pay this and they've even threatened to take my house if I don't pay! It's been a real source of stress and worry but I'm terrified to speak to anyone about it in case I am charged with fraud! Would that be possible?

Apologies for the long story and thanks for reading. I'll be happy to answer any questions. Thanks again.

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  • davidscot
    davidscot Posts: 597
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    One question I would ask is, where did you sign the agreement with Yes? Was it in their showroom/office etc or was it sent to your home to sign. There are rules about where you sign the deal and the legality of it all etc.
  • Jade34
    Jade34 Posts: 33 Forumite
    Thanks for the reply David, I signed the agreement in their showroom office.
  • davidscot
    davidscot Posts: 597
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    That might work against you if you decide to make any claims etc.
  • Jade34
    Jade34 Posts: 33 Forumite
    I thought that might be the case. As the lawyer I spoke to a few years ago said, ignorance is no defence in law. I suppose he's right and it's a lesson learned, however costly! Thanks for taking the time to reply.
  • colino
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    Sorry but your compensation lies with chasing the ex partner for the money/credit he has left you with. Might, if you are sure they are skint, not be worth chasing though.
  • Jade34
    Jade34 Posts: 33 Forumite
    Thanks colino, yes I still see him around and know for a fact he's skint so getting any money out of him wouldn't be an option. He lives from one financial crisis to the next so I suppose at least I'm lucky to be out of that situation :)!
  • missile
    missile Posts: 11,679
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    Good that you are trying to look on the bright side.
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    Ride hard or stay home :iloveyou:
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