Did you end up hiring an attorney to deal with it?
No we didn't "hire" them. They said for the amount owed to us their fees would exceed that and thus wasn't worth actually hiring them. They gave me a few suggestions and offered, for a small fee, to do some paperwork for us. Wh doesn't want to do that however...
He just gave mil the bills so hopefully tomorrow, or this week, they will fork over what they owe plus the phones. If we keep getting excuses or crickets I'll move ahead with what the lawyer told me to do despite wh not wanting to. This has been a source of great stress between us. I got angry and told him he should have just manned up and taken the phones when they kicked us out. I think part of him still hopes for some sort of R between them while another part is trying to avoid dealing with the reality that they no longer want to be a part of his life.
My parents and I had a falling out, mainly my father and I, years ago. It took a few months but we began working on us and our relationship. I called him out on his drinking. E has since toned it down a lot. So part of me feels for wh while another part is so damn angry at the in laws that if we never spoke to them again I wouldn't feel any loss. They are broken and toxic and my kids and myself and my wh deserve better than that.