What to d if my grandmother passed away 2 years ago without leaving a Will?

Her husband (my grandfather) is still alive but was placed in a nursing home because we can’t stay home to take care of him. Before he went to the home he made a will leaving his house to my mother and her brother. The nursing home takes all of my grandfater’s social security check every month and Medicare covers the rest. No one is living in the house and no one is able to pay the taxes so I’m afriad it’s going to go up for tax sale. I am willing to step in and help but I want to make sure that I will at least get my money back in the end, if not the house. We can’t sell it right now because the state will take the money and my grandfather will not be eligible for Medicare.

Asked on September 19, 2013 under Estate Planning, Vermont

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, unless he quitclaimed the property to the family (mother and brother) there really isn't much that can be done at this point. You and the family should consider speaking with estate counsel and see if anything can be done to save the home. If not, decide if you can sell in a non-arm's length transaction (probably not) but worth a try.

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, unless he quitclaimed the property to the family (mother and brother) there really isn't much that can be done at this point. You and the family should consider speaking with estate counsel and see if anything can be done to save the home. If not, decide if you can sell in a non-arm's length transaction (probably not) but worth a try.


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