if my father built a workshop on my sister’s property, would I be entitled to any portion of it’s value once my father has passed on?

Asked on August 3, 2015 under Estate Planning, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If it's a fixed structure--so not a workshop in a trailer or the like--then it becomes part of the property on which it was built; that is, it will be your sister's, since it is on her land. However tools or materials in it, like saws, sanders, wood, etc., as well as furniture in that is not affixed to the walls (e.g. standalone shelving, not attached shelves; a workbench) will be part of his estate and should be distributed with the rest of his estate.

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