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 Hinley,
What exactly does ‘claims her estate mean’. Based on research, some lawyers argue that this depends on the time period that the property had been developed. Otherwise some attornies argued that there can be legal action taken based on the name the property is registered to. So its best to do some research to establish a timeline of events before approaching an attorney who understands real estate and administration well.
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