Leander, TX asked in Real Estate Law for Texas

Q: Selling an inherited home in Puerto Rico. Can my travel expenses be deducted when proceeds be distributed?

We do not live in Puerto Rico. I have traveled to PR 4 times in order to get the house ready for sale and also initiated and paid for all documents required starting with the “Declaratoria de Herederos”, appraisal, cleaning and other services to keep the house in good shape. Inclusive paying Attorneys fees. My sister did not partake because she wanted the property for herself without a buyout. Can travel expenses be deducted from her share as well as my brother’s ? My brother is in agreement, since he is unable to travel. Would greatly appreciate some insight.

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John Cucci Jr.
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A: If the property is being sold through an Estate that is in court, allthe expenses to manage the property and in preparation for it's sale, can and should be accounted, and figured into the distribution to heirs.

If you do not have an attorney on the Estate case, you should get someone, so your interests are protected.

I hope this helps.

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