Does my mom have legal rights to my grandmothers home after caring for the home and my grandmother with Parkinsons Disease for over 7 years?

My grandmother recently passed and
the home was not left to anyone in her
will.

Asked on January 15, 2018 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Caring for a home or the homeowner does NOT give someone *any* right to property or a home. However, your mother may very well still inherit:
If there is no will, the home (and anything else your grandmother owns) passes by intestate succession, or the rules for who gets when in the absence of your will. In your state, if the home is not jointly owned with someone else (if it is, that person will typically get it, under the most common form of joint ownership) and your grandmother was not married at the time of death (so no surving spouse), your grandmother's children will inherit everything. If your mother is the only surviving child, she will get the home to herself; if she has surviving siblings, she and they will jointly inherit it, each getting an equal share of or ownership in the home.


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