Q: If you were given lifetime right of occupancy in residential property & it is sold without your consent - any recourse?
State is Delaware. I was given lifetime right of occupancy via my grandmother's will. She left the house to her oldest son, my uncle, with the caveat that I had a lifetime right of occupancy. Now, I have discovered that the house has been sold. No one told me about this. Wondering if I have any recourse here.
A: I am assuming your grandmother has passed, because up until that point SHE can change the will and do something different, sell her house or otherwise do what you mention here without any issue.
If she has passed, was the will properly probated and the property transferred to you and your uncle according to the terms of the will? If so, then the REMAINDER interest in the house subject to your life 'lease' COULD be sold, but that won't impact your right to reside there. If it was not transferred properly, there is a whole nother kettle of fish to be done here.
Bottom line: if you want to assert your interest in the house, you need to have your own attorney review everything and provide you with real advice about what you need to do to protect yourself. Don't delay!
-- This answer is offered for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney/client relationship.
I am licensed to practice in Michigan only. Please seek competent local legal help if you feel you need legal advice
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.