Crossville, TN asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Tennessee

Q: In 2009 My dad passed away while I was still a minor,I am an adult now and wondering what my rights are?

when i was 3 mo old my mom met the man that would legally adopt me as his son, my mom passed away, a few years later my dad also passed away. I was still a minor, and was left to live with this relative...then passed around to the next relative until I turned 18 and was totally left on my own. Nobody has ever shown me a will, i didnt receive anything from my parents except one my my dads old shotguns. I dont know how to find out if I am entitled to the house we lived in, the assets that were within.... along with my parents belongings many of my possessions disappeared (i owned several show horses as a child) my dads brother hates me because "i am not blood, and therefore entitled to nothing" and he is the only person that I know would have been in charge of things when my dad passed away. i have a property deed that lists my dads brother as property ownere, and myself as co owner, but i am told that if i go on the property that i will be charged with tresspassing... i live in cumberla

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Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: As a practical matter, the personal property is probably gone. But that Deed is interesting. You need to search the title and check the taxes. It might be a very good case for a Partition Action. You will have to hire a competent TN attorney that knows real property litigation.

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Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: I might be interested in your claim to the real property.

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