Family fights to get refund after dad dies

Seven On Your Side
August 14, 2008 3:12:34 PM PDT
The New Jersey family knew their father had only a short time to live. His daughter wanted to get married while he could still walk her down the aisle. When he died suddenly, the wedding was postponed. All of the vendors returned the deposits except one, and that's when the family called for Seven On Your Side.

"We wanted to celebrate with her, have a great wedding, have a good start to her life," Judith Reilly said.

She wanted a beautiful wedding for her daughter, Stacy. Judith's husband, Robert, had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer a year ago. He was responding well to treatment and the family wanted to plan the wedding.

"She wanted to do it when he was up to having that type of party," she said.

The wedding was planned for the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey. Judith rented a house for the week of July 11th where her family would stay. She paid a total of over 29-hundred dollars.

"We've been to Wildwood almost every year for the last couple of years and we figured we'd stay for a couple of days after and have a big family thing," Judith said.

But then in June, Robert suddenly became ill and passed away. "We had no indication that this was going to happen or else we wouldn't have scheduled all of this," she said.

Stacy put the wedding on hold. She cancelled everything. Everyone returned deposits, except the owner of the house. Judith couldn't believe it.

"I thought she would have a little more heart," she said.

Judith called and emailed. She expected to get the check in the mail, but nothing.

"I have so many other things on my mind right now that I want the money, but I just don't have it in me to fight," Judith said.

Seven On Your Side did have the fight. After we contacted the landlord, Judith received a check for 16-hundred dollars. It was not the full amount, but Judith was happy to get something.

"We meet a lot of nice people, but you run into people that are all business and apparently that's how she is," she said.

The landlord said that she had to see if she could re-rent the house and would send Judith the rental amount. Judith said the money will go to paying expenses involved with her husband's death.

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STORY BY: Tappy Phillips

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bob Monek

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