Any suggestions on handling financial abuse of a senior by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society?

by Balaamsass 95 Replies latest watchtower scandals

  • 00DAD

    BOTR's advice is really good!

    My laymen's advice is this: Give 'em hell!

  • wannabefree

    WOW! Interesting ... best wishes to you.

    If they somehow have hoodwinked your mother legally, "God's [loving] Organization" certainly deserves to be exposed for this. Even if the loan was legally forgiven, shouldn't scripture on love supersede this legal argument? What about taking care of widows? What would Jesus do? "God's Organization" would always be expected to do the right thing by Christ's standard, not necessarily the legal thing of Satan's world.

    Advertise! Advertise! Advertise! the hypocrisy of this whitewashed false religion!

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    Regarding the loan. If your mom used a lawyer to represent her, it might make a difference. The WT should insist on legal representation for donees and loans. Is it possible that she was not lucid and not fully aware of the consequences?

    Frankly, the first thing I would do is learn what the statute of limitations is. If it going to toll this week, you want to warp yourself to a lawyer. If you have longer, agencies and the A=G is a good start.

  • clarity

    Hi Bal .......nice to see you back btw.

    Sorry about what has transpired ....................good advice sounds like.

    Also sounds like this is a very common state of affairs ........ who'da thunk!!

    Anyway, there are many 'class action' law suits going on these days.

    If you have documentation and dozens/hundreds of other hoodwinked jw's have the same .................

    why not try to get 'everyone' together .........and do it up BIG !?

    best of luck with this


  • sf

    Few years back { ten actually} I 'stumbled' upon this info as well, and posted this thread. I was floored, to say the least:

    I am stunned!!...CharitablePlanning

    A portion therein:

    "info re: conditional donation arrangement":

    "If you desire to make a donation to the society under the terms of the CONDITIONAL DONATION ARRAGEMENT enclosed, (next para) you may 1)send your check or bank draft to this office payable to the WTBTS of NY, Inc. 2)Inform us in a letter that the funds are for a "CDA" and DESTROY the enclosed "SAMPLE COPY" of the "CDA" form. 3) Name all c0-donors, if any, providing us with their complete addresses."

    "SAMPLE COPY" of "cda":

    "...(hereinafter called FUNDS) to be held for the use and benefit of the WTBTS of PA (WATCH TOWER) for the purposes of advancing the work of JW's of preaching the good news about jehovahs kingdom according to the judgement and sole discretion of the SOCIETY. The intial voluntary conditional donation is accepted from the following:..."


  • jgnat

    The law slaps down errant corporations by fines. Get fined enough, the corporation sits up and takes notice.

    It would be so much better for the government to treat the WTBTS as a corporation than an errant religious organization.

  • karter


    For you to take up this case will you have to get your mother to give you power of Attorney?

    If she is still an active JW will she be prepeared to rock the boat?

    If she did forgive the loan there should be something in writting and the WTS will have a copy of it and should produce it if asked.

    Good luck.


  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    I may be thick but I don't see a loan condition. Destroying a document during a legal transaction is crazy. Granted we told antitrust clients to purge their records regularly. Businesses do purge every so many years. The partners had a fit when they saw the work of another firm. The tackiness quotient is sky high. Destroying old files should be discussed as a general business practice, not an antritrust remedy.

    To me, the portions posted sound like a gift, not a loan. If it was not a loan but a gift,.......bad news.

    Not legal advice, just some random thoughts.

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    It is a conditional gift. Were they paying her interest? What was the term of the loan? Why would WTBTS borrow funds from a member rather than a bank that holds their assets to get a better deal? The WT should want to protect their reputation and stay out of court and prelitigation by demanding that the party hire a lawyer to explain the deal. An arm's length transaction. If you fear Armageddon, I don't see arms' length bargaining. I would advise telling the donor to keep all records, not destroy them. They should do these things b/c it is the best practice for them, not b/c of their religious standing. Such precautions would shield the WT.

  • rebel8

    Should I use my states Attorney General or New York's Attorney General to lodge a complaint of abuse?

    Sounds like a good idea--plus Adult Protective Services maybe.

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