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    I have worked since I was 14 to make up for where my mother failed (and by that, I mean she refused to work and collected social security checks). Everything in my room, I bought. Mattress, decorations, clothes, gaming consoles, books, etc. Because I was under 18 when I bought them, and my wages were technically my mother's, is anything technically mine? Can I take all of it and move out without committng petty theft?

    Also, my dad died when I was really young and left furniture to my mom, even though they were divorced. I have texts proving that mom said I could have them, but the will endows them to her. Am I still allowed to take them? They're antiques worth a decent amount of money.

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We are here 24/7 to listen and to support.

    It sounds like you have a lot of questions about your possessions and are wondering what legally is yours. We are not legal experts, but if you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) we could connect you with legal aid that could help answer your questions. If you worked and used that money to buy your possessions, then they would belong to you. Because the furniture is stated to be hers in the will then it could be hard to prove that it is yours even with the text messages. That would be a good question for a legal expert s well as they could help you write up legal papers to show what belongs to you.

    Let us know if you need help finding legal resources so we can best help,

    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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