• The son, the contractor has nothing to do with the money. And the homeowner wouldnt hide money in his own wall nevermind house
  • Neither can be correct. The best approach is to trace the real owner, either by referring this to a police or a lawyer. Free legal advice like this: may also be useful.
  • it is the current home owners. If you leave something in a house you sell, you lose it.
  • If the contractor told someone he found it, then it clearly belongs to the owner of the house. The previous owner, and children, have nothing to do with it as anything left on the property after the signing over of the deed, belongs to the new owner. Regardless of what it is.
  • Everything on the premises that wasn't brought there by someone else and given to the homeowner, belongs to the homeowner. If the house gets sold, it is still the homeowners, the new one.
  • If this refers to the Ohio residence recently in the news, I submit the following Ohio law ... "§ 4.06 Rights of Finder Against Landowner [39-42] [A] Rights to Objects Found on Private Land Lost objects found either within a house or embedded in the soil are generally awarded to the landowner, not the finder. The status of the finder is sometimes relevant here. A long-term tenant who finds an object will often prevail over the landowner, while a finder who is merely the landowner’s employee will not. [B] Rights to Treasure Trove American courts differ on how to handle treasure trove. Although some older courts award title to the finder, the modern view is to award it to the landowner." This clearly suggests that the current landowner is the rightful owner of the $181K found by the contractor. That the homeowner was kind enough to have offered a 10% finder's fee is more than the contractor deserves. No contest. I'd also like to know what kind of National Currency happens to be in this collection of depression-era currency. The value could easily exceed MANY times the face value for that reason alone. The whole thing should be properly cataloged and auctioned through a prestigious numismatic auction house to optimize the return.
  • The picture you paint has every potential and scope to end up in court. It will be the Judge's job to decide how the money is to be apportioned among the claimants, if at all.
  • I'ld say that since the the contractor found the money, he could keep his mouth shut and take it, in which case it is his money. I am not saying that is the correct thing, but he could. If after finding it he let's it be known; he has no legal claim on any of it -a contractor workiing on someone else's house; nothing there. So then it's a question of ownership between the owner and the son. If the son is or was a minor when the money was hidden and it can be determined that he was a minor at that time - he is out of luck. If he was not a child in the eye of the law at that time or it cannot be determined a judge will have to deduce by circumstantial evidence which would have been most likely to had possesion and opportunity to have secreted the monies. Such things as who had an income and who was likely to have been the occupant, was there previous remodeling work done at which time the monies could have been stashed, where in the house was it, ect, ect. As stated I would say the owner has the best claim - the other two would have a harder time making their case.

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