If I deed my house to minor children, can their Mother sell it?

I want my Grand children to have a home. Can their Mother sell it if I deed it to them?

Asked on December 14, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, unfortunately, their mother can sell. A minor's assets are controlled by their parent or legal guardian. Their mother can decide what to with their assets and could, for example, sell the home. She is supposed to act for their benefit, so in theory, if she sold the home, the money should be saved, invested, or used for them (for example: for medical care or education) but the problem is if she wastes or loses the money, or spends it on herself, it will be gone and there is no way to get it back.


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