Kingsport, TN asked in Real Estate Law for Tennessee

Q: My (step) dad bought me a house from my early inheritance. His name and my name are the Only names on all paperwork.

He passed away in May without a will and now my mom thinks she is the owner. The tax office placed "etux" behind his name on the tax papers. Is that only for survivorship if I were to pass away or does she now legally own half? I want to sell and move but she is refusing me to have the money from the sell.

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Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng
  • Columbia, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: the tax records are irrelevant- you must look at the DEED. That is the document that determines ownership. If half passed to your mother upon your fathers death, then you can still force a sale of the property through a "partition lawsuit." Consult an experienced real estate lawyer to assist you.

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