If I inherited rights to a shared family property from my husband’s side of the family, must I show proof of ownership in order for the family to be able to rent it?

How do I do this? My husband’s Will was not probated.

Asked on June 27, 2014 under Estate Planning, Michigan


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Does he leave you his portion of the shared property in the Will?  Then perhaps a letter from an attorney indicating that fact would be enough.  Is it the prospective renter or a realtor that wishes to see proof of ownership?  They may just want to protect themselves or their client that those renting have the authority to do so.  Otherwise the rental is not valid.  Good luck.

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