Fortunately, the final amount wasn't as bad as what was initially feared.
I am going to ask around my office, and see if anyone has grappled with this kind of problem ..........I'll get back to you...if you want, send me an email so I can send you any information I gather.
I am really sorry - this is a terrible situation for you to face.
I'll try to help.....
I am very sorry for your loss......and I am sure it is compounded by having to deal with the problem regarding the oil tank removal.
I will assume the oil tank leaked, leaving you with a mess to clean up, and I know how costly it can be.
The first question I have is.............Is there equity in the home?
If there is, you might be able to borrow against that to pay for the remediation.
Maybe the oil tank removal company will work with you with a pay off schedule.....have you asked?
The obvious key is whether there is enough equity in the house to pay for the remediation in full.
I'd be happy to talk with you privately to see if we can come up with a solution to your problem.
Please feel free to call or email me at your convenience.
Prudential NJ Properties
cell (973) 715-3131