New Bern, NC asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina

Q: NC: Coowner left and has given no forwarding information. Now what?

No mortgage; 50/50 owners on title and deed. I’ve several letters and texts, stating she bought the house for my daughter (her grandchild) and me and we never have to worry about being homeless. She bought the house; repairs were shared; all furnishings, appliances, and fencing; bills and taxes I pay. She suddenly moved out with no forwarding information. What do I do to protect ourselves and at what point, if ever, is it considered abandonment of property?

1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN

A: Since it does not appear any debt problems are present, you probably need to do nothing until you want to. Hire an attorney to search the Title to be sure about ownership. When necessary, file suit for a Partition with publication service on her.

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