Q: I and my Sister in Law are Tenants in Common. House immediately passed to us outside of probate after my mother passed.
I am also awaiting the Surrogates Court appointment as the Voluntary Administrator of her Small Estate (I am the named Executor in her will). Its been two months - courts seem backlogged - and can provide no estimates to this appointment - so I can't distribute property to beneficiaries yet. I have the duty to protect my mothers assets contained throughout the house. Sister in Law is not a Beneficiary under the will - and best viewed as a threat and danger to the personal property contained within. She and her lawyer have demanded a key to the house (or they will change the locks). If a key is provided - I will no longer be able to protect her my mothers property. I have and continue to provide Sister in Law with supervised access to the premises whenever she needs it (house unoccupied). Can I continue to withhold this key - until court appointment and until property has been distributed?
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