Willimantic, CT asked in Estate Planning for Maine

Q: My Mother lives in Maine, in her will she is going to sell her house to a "friend" for a very reduced rate.

He is now saying every improvement he did on the house while she has been living there he wants taken off the sale price that is in the will is that legal?

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Fred Bopp III
Fred Bopp III
  • Yarmouth, ME
  • Licensed in Maine

A: He cannot dictate the sale price for her house in the will; your mother provides the sale price. That said, he may be able to argue successfully that he is entitled to an offset or credit for the improvements he made to her house against the sale price, but if your mother knows how much of an offset or credit he intends to claim, then one possible solution could be for her to increase the sale price in the will by that amount. As long as she is competent, she can change the terms of her will.

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