"Much relief," Nancy said. "But once I found out there was this many cases, I wasn't too worried either because I figured he was a crook, and that's putting it mildly."
Tim Lenaghan with Legal Aid of Nebraska's Elder Justice represented the Sedlaks, and also got another former customer's case dismissed recently because they felt it was senior exploitation.
"We recommend people keep proof of receipts, keep any payment made to a business, to log any contact they've had with a business because this could be important evidence in a legal battle," Lenaghan described.
Some of the other cases in Douglas and Sarpy counties have settled for an undisclosed amount of money. Others are reaching the point of garnishing wages from the former customers.
Are you being sued?
Attorneys say that anyone being sued should respond to the lawsuit so a judge doesn't grant a default judgment forcing you to pay for not responding or showing up to court.
Tips from Legal Aid of Nebraska
Before anyone hires a business; get referrals from friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors.
Be wary of anyone who knocks on your door and sells services.
Search Google reviews or Yelp reviews.
Get written documentation of price and scope of work before it starts.
Legal Aid of Nebraska represents people ages 60 and older who are victims of financial exploitation or abuse. Call their Elder Access Line at 402-827-5656; or 1-800-527-7249. Their hours are posted at legalaidofnebraska.org.