DEAR LEGAL WIZ,
Today I have a question that many people face on a day to day basis and I’m sure many don’t know how to deal with it or what options would apply if any. My father was left land by his grandmother who made a will but this was in 1994. However his cousin went and buried her and claimed her estate even though she was not mentioned in the will.
My father was about to probate it but he died. We now have been granted his estate and wanted to get what was given to him by his grandmother by will. Is it too late ? Houses are now built on it, I hear they are being rented and taxes were paid but my dad is the one on the will. What would come of this normally?
Dear Mr Higgins,
Research has to be done to establish how the cousin would have claimed the property, and whether it can be reversed. Additionally information as to how she came by the property and to be paying rent, and for how long need to be ascertained.
If you mean that you have a Grant of Administration, you can with that power apply for probate of the will.
You would appreciate the urgency with which you need to act. Please get the facts researched before securing an attorney.
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