If my grandmother passed away but did not leave a Will and owned a modular home on rented land, what are our responsibilities?

The trailer park owner indicated that he would buy the trailer if we can produce a title. Given my mother’s limited income she cannot afford to maintain a trailer. If she does sell the trailer, will she be held liable for any past bills that pop up in my grandmother’s name? Given that she was a hoarder, we have been cleaning out the trailer as best as we can. We are just not sure how to proceed. The landlord of the park seems willing to work with us.

Asked on August 14, 2012 under Estate Planning, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  You have to determine if the trailer is considered real property or personal property.  If you determinet that it is personal property then determine the value and see if you can file a small estate proceeding to allow you to transfer the title to the landlord.  If you do not have a title then you can as the personal representative of the estate apply for a new title.   Good luck.


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