Q: My grandmother gave her house to her first born grandchild without a will just word of mouth. My father was suppose to
Inherit some land but has passed away. The land would have gone to my mother who also passed away. My cousin wants my siblings and myself to sign a deed gift receipt so she can own the land free and clear (she said a surveyor determined the land my father would have received and her house have been grouped together). If we don’t sign she will ask us to pay taxes. Is there a way for me not to sign and not have to pay the taxes?
A: Land generally does not pass by word of mouth. If your cousin wants you to sign something, then you are probably entitled to a share of the house. Use Find A Lawyer above!
A: If grandmother, father and mother all have passed away, and their estates were not submitted to the probate court in the county in which each lived, and because they owned real estate, then that is a big mess that will require an attorney to help sort it all out by opening the estate of each with the probate court, so the probate court can properly transfer the real estate. You should use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local probate attorney to review the situation and advise you of your options. You could file to administer each of the estates. Attorney fees are paid by the estate, and as administrator, you can receive a fee from the estates.
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