Alan and Min Wilson stayed in 28 different houses and lived out of suitcases and supermarket shopping bags for two and a half years.
The Northcote residents are "destitute" after being overcharged by lawyer Eion Castles, an old golf buddy of Alan's.
Castles was struck off by the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal on February 17 in relation to the case.
He filed for bankruptcy three days before the tribunal announced its decision, despite his wife owning three properties worth more than $3 million.
The situation arose through High Court proceedings involving a leaky home the Wilsons had bought.
Castles offered to take the case on after the Wilsons became unhappy with earlier legal advice.
The Wilsons were forced to sell their four-bedroom house in Remuera to pay Castles' bill.
They moved between houses 27 times and have lived in a 60 square metre unit in Northcote for the past three years.
Alan Wilson was diagnosed with cancer five years ago and undergoes weekly chemotherapy treatments while 67-year-old Min Wilson works fulltime to pay the rent and bills.
Joylyn and Richard Yates are one of two couples behind a fundraiser on Givealittle set up to help the Wilsons.
Richard Yates says they have been friends with the couple for more than 40 years.
"We've lived through it with them and we just feel so sorry for them we're doing whatever we can."
In eight weeks more than $40,000 has been donated which Min Wilson says is amazing.
"It's just been totally overwhelming."
Richard Yates says it is a lot of money but needs to last the couple for the rest of their lives.
Alan Wilson says they would "go under" without the help of others.
"We're surviving on the love and support of family and friends and what keeps me going is attitude, exercise and Min."
Go to givealittle.co.nz/cause/minalan to donate.
- North Shore Times
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