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Letters: How can I solve my problem?

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  /   Mon, July 12 2010   /  01:19 pm

I am an American who has been living in Bali full-time for the past three-and-a-half years. I first came to Bali in 1997 and, like many other visitors, fell in love with the natural beauty of Bali and the seemingly simple way of life. From 1997 to 2006 I visited Bali on a regular basis and over the years, with my local partner, I gave him money for land as well as for bungalows, a restaurant and various other things. In 2006 I was able to come here to live (which had been my dream since I first stepped foot on this island) and I built a house for myself adjacent to the bungalows in East Bali. Being na*ve and trusting, I did not get the proper paperwork from the notary - not that that would have mattered from what I've experienced over recent years. Just a little bit of background to explain my present situation is necessary but what it boils down to is that I want to live ...