It is entirely possible that Patrick is (technically) correct.
Because of Patrick's rancid huffing and puffing, I decided to expend a little more time and effort digging into that rumour and, based on what I've dug up via a more comprehensive land title search and some accommodating provincial officials, it appears (and I stress, what follows is simply what I've been told so let's stick to calling it "speculation") that, astonishingly, Patrick could actually be accurate when he insists there is no family-related farm property in Saskatchewan.
At the moment.
That is because, as I read what I have been given, the evidence suggests that there was indeed family-related farm property right where I suggested it was (outside of Marshall, SK), but that that property was sold in late 2016, so when Patrick bloviates about the non-existence of such property, it is entirely possible that he is (as is his wont) playing word games in not revealing that my claim of farmland could have been entirely true a few years ago but is no longer true now, which raises a number of interesting questions.
- First, is the above true? And how can one confirm it?
- Next, if the above is true, and Patrick had (along with his siblings) a financial interest in that property, did he in fact get his share of the sale price? Because if he did, then given his status as an undischarged bankrupt, all of that money (or, more technically, the full amount of what he owes me) would be considered an "after-acquired asset" and rightfully belongs to me. (That is not speculation; it's how bankruptcy works.)
- On the other hand, if the above is true but Patrick did not get his rightful share of the money from the sale of the farm, why not? If not, where did that money go? And if he was trying to conceal it from me by, say, signing it over to a relative to hang onto, that would be slam-dunk bankruptcy misconduct, and it would end very badly for him.
Truthfully, I've been sitting on this information for a short while (and, again, I stress that this is what I have been told so let's keep this as speculation), and the reason I've been hanging onto it is that, as I posted recently, pursuant to Saskatchewan's "Enforcement of Money Judgments Act" (EMJA), Patrick has just been served with the first-phase voluntary Sheriff's Questionnaire regarding his financial affairs, and that questionnaire definitely asks Patrick about any financial interests in stuff like property, so it will be interesting to see if Patrick denies any such interests because, in his mind, it's not true right this minute, since those are the kinds of games Patrick loves to play, given that he considers himself a devilishly clever boy lawyer who can get away with stuff like this.
In any event, the deadline for Patrick turning in that questionnaire is this coming Monday, whereupon we will learn whether Patrick discloses anything about property (past or present). In the meantime, starting today around noon, I will be off the grid entirely and since I ruthlessly moderate all comments left here, any comments you leave starting this afternoon won't see the light of day until Sunday at the earliest.
So I guess we'll all wait to see what happens Monday. I'll keep you posted.
P.S. Recall from one of my earlier posts that, while the voluntary questionnaire involves only Patrick, if there's evidence that he is being untruthful or simply refuses to fill it out and return it by the deadline, the next phase involves a mandatory questionnaire, wherein I will then have the right to have it served on Patrick's family members (or anyone else who can be considered to have information relevant to all of this). In short, if Patrick insists on screwing around and not taking this seriously, then his family members should expect to be served, and possibly even required to sit for questioning under oath.
As Patrick loves to say, govern yourself accordingly.