Can anything be taken out of the house I rent from my mom before probate is over?

My mom left her farm to me when she died,but the items inside she left to her other children. Are

they allowed to come in my house I am renting to take items before probate is over?

Asked on September 23, 2017 under Estate Planning, Iowa

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Not before probate is over, no: only when probate is completed has ownership of all the items and other assets left behind fully determined and transferred to the other heirs or beneficiaries. Until probate is complete, these items belong the "estate," not to whomever will inherit. Bear in mind though that if you lose, damage, destroy, etc. them, you can be held liable for their loss and forced to pay out of pocket for them.


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