Belle Chasse, LA asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Louisiana

Q: Bought a house with girlfriend. She refinanced the loan in her name only. Both on deed. She died. What happens now?

We were not together when she died. She was married to someone else. We never did anything with the home. I still live in the home. She does have one child with me and one child with someone else. We are in Louisiana. I am on the deed to the house but not the loan for the house. I have paid on the house by myself for the past 18 years.

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Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: You really should speak to a succession lawyer in your area to make sure you have a clear understanding of your rights. Someone may open your ex-girlfriend's succession and that lawyer may reach out to you, however that lawyer does not represent you --hence the reason you should at a minimum have a consultation with a different lawyer. Another factors you want to know is whether or not she had a will. Anyway, at this point in time, you also may want to look into re-financing the loan but you should not actually do any refi until you have a clearer idea of what's what.

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