Legal Question in Family Law in Louisiana


what is a husbands legal right if a relative signs his name to loans without his knowledge? what is my legal right! Can a wife be held liable if she can be proved as a addicted gamabler.

Also does a financial institute holds some accountability for sending preapproved checks in mail that anyone can access and cash with your knowledge.

Asked on 11/20/01, 10:25 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Nick Pizzolatto, Jr. Pizzolatto Law Office

Re: fraud

By relative, I assume you mean someone who is NOT authorized to sign the husband's name. If that is the case, then a forgery has been committed, as well as a theft. I do not understand if you are the husband or wife or someone else, so I can't tell you your rights without knowing your status. And, is the wife an addicted gambler, or the one who forged the check? Being an addicted gambler does not make a forgery and theft any less a forgery and theft. My personal belief is that institutions that send preapproved checks should bear some liability when an addict cashes one, and I definitely believe they are liable if they allow the check to be cashed by someone OTHER THAN THE PERSON IT WAS WRITTEN TO.

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Answered on 11/21/01, 9:52 am

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