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How do I proceed to get money back from my husband's friend who borrowed from us 7 years ago?

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I do have his signed statement that if he doesn't (which he didn't) give us money back by a certain date he will pay us later with an interest. What kind of a lawyer should I be looking for? What are the chances we will get our money back? How long could it take? PS: My husband lend him $8,000 and $4,500 of it was my money, so I made his friend to write and sign a statement that he borrowed the money and would give it back. Is it too late already? He was in prison for 2 years and now he lives out of state. I'm ready to get the money back with a good (not expansive) lawyer.

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