Q: Can I become executor of my deceased mothers land without a will in place?
I am one of 4 siblings. My mother passed and did not have a will. She was common law married but the land was purchased before the marriage and was only in her name. I have been paying the taxes on the land since she passed. What can I do to obtain the land since I am caring for it?
A: Contact a probate attorney. These can be complex issues, and with a spouse involved (common law or not) the date the land was purchased is not relevant (it would be in the event of a divorce but not necessarily in death) - But first thing is the estate (land and all other belongings) needs to be distributed pursuant to state law, otherwise there could be legal action taken by any of the heirs, the spouse, or even creditors.
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