Q: My husband died intestate. My son is 4. Can I transfer the deed for the condo on his name (my name isn't on the deed).
Most of the estate's value is the equity on the condo (cca 150 000 dollars. The home value is cca 520 000). According to that, my son's 1/3 should be 50 000 dollars. I am currently unemployed, but I have enough assets to keep paying the mortgage for some time until I hopefully find the job again. However, the current situation, it seems, requires that I sell the house and pay my son the 50 000 dollars. Our home is our most valuable possession. There is no enough liquid assets in the estate (I don't have that amount either) to pay his 1/3. Selling our home would have a negative impact both on our present and our future. I would not be able to afford a new home/ or get a loan with my credit. I was hoping if I could transfer the deed to his name, that would solve that issue. Is there any other approach that would help us stay in our home and have his share secured ? Thank you kindly.
A: By opening a probate estate, you can transfer or sell anything in your late husband's estate. What I don't understand is how you would be solving your economic problem by re-titling the home to your four-year old son. Once re-titled to him fully, it might be much more difficult to sell it when you can no longer afford to pay the mortgage. You might need to seek court approval of the sale. Through the probate, after getting appointed personal representative, you could act for you and your son in making some difficult financial decisions. If you cannot afford to maintain that mortgage payment, you are potentially harming both your 2/3rds interest and your husband's son 1/3 interest. Arguably, that is the tort of Waste. It is forbidden. I suppose you could also do nothing, and you and your four year old would share the home until you have the resources to file your late husbands' estate, but ignoring the looming danger of a mortgage you cannot afford will not save your son''s — or your — rights.
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.