And one thing that greatly added to that stress was her Tilaran property. She had bought the property from an American who lived up the road and dealt in real estate. The problem was that the property title was not clear. Most likely her lawyer at the time had not done a proper title search and investigation. Her property was one of a number of lots that at one point were owned by a group of people and somehow the issue was related to this. She went through several lawyers trying to resolve the problem. I remember numerous conversations over the phone with my mother and how depressed and stressed she was over this. Simply put she didn’t know what to do.
In the section ANATOMY OF FRAUD I chronologically detail the "accused" fraudulent legal maneuverings of Monica and Steve Lopez. It is a chronology that has taken years to piece together after numerous trips to Costa Rica, much research at National Registry, the Notary Department's Archives, attempts to translate various documents (thank you Google), interviews, the help of a translator and much more.