Thursday, July 01, 2021

Serena Williams' Father Losing Home to Foreclosure Estranged Wife to Blame

Four years ago Venus and Serena Williams' father Richard Williams filed for divorce from his second, much younger wife, after she transferred the deed to his home to her name without his permission [click here if you missed that]. 

Now the house is headed to foreclosure after she defaulted on several loans taken out on the property...

From The Sun
SERENA Williams' dementia-suffering dad is on the verge of losing his Florida home in a bitter court battle with the star's stepmother - who has now filed for bankruptcy, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Richard Williams, 79, claims estranged spouse Lakeisha forged his signature to transfer their West Palm Beach property into her name, which she later admitted, according to court documents.
He is claiming his younger spouse, 47, took out a $152,000 mortgage from 'hard lender' David Simon in February 2017 after imitating his handwriting.
She then allegedly borrowed a further $127,000 to set up a failed trucking business and only ever paid back approximately $25,000.
Now, Judge Donald Hafele has ruled in Simon's favor and the couple are jointly liable to pay his loan and interest, plus attorney fees, which totals $513,213.67.
A foreclosure auction for the property was set for June 28, an order which Williams agreed to.
Simon was forced to ask the court to gain entry into the property, over fears it had fallen into disrepair, after Lakeisha refused access.
She then filed a handwritten motion against the foreclosure judgement, claiming she never received notice, after her attorneys, Wolfe Law, withdrew their services due to "irreconcilable differences".
In a last ditch attempt to keep the home, Lakeisha filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy on June 18, which has put the sale on hold.
Williams originally bought the property with tennis legends Serena and Venus' mother Oracene for just $355,000 in 1995.