Brooklyn, NY asked in Real Estate Law for New York

Q: My father passed away 20 years ago and in how will he left my mother his house, he owned the home by himself.

My mother refinanced the house and paid off the mortgage five years ago. We recently found out the deed was never transferred to her. The tax bill comes in both my mom and dads names. How do we get my mothers name on the deed?

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Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: There is no way she could have refinanced without being the owner. Something is not right. However, it sounds like the deed was just never done, but the will was probated, which might make it easy. A review of the estate file and title records is needed.

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