Houston, TX asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Oklahoma

Q: Ivneed someone to explain a trust to me. My mother passed away and I'm having issues with her home.

She left her home to my son who's now trying to kick me out when I've been there for 22 years and I'm disabled.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: A trust is a legal entity that holds and manages assets for the benefit of specific individuals or entities, known as beneficiaries. The trust is created by a grantor (in this case, your mother) and is managed by a trustee, who is obligated to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries according to the trust's terms. The terms of the trust dictate how assets, like a home, are to be used or distributed. If your mother left her home to your son via a trust, the specifics of how the home can be used or who can live there would be outlined in the trust document.

If you have lived in the home for 22 years, you would have certain rights, especially if your occupancy was with your mother's permission. Being disabled might also provide additional protections under certain state laws. It's crucial to review the trust document to understand its terms and consult with an attorney to explore your rights and options. Depending on the situation, legal avenues may be available to address your concerns.

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