If my mother recently passed away and she had been residing in a home owned by her deceased husband, what are our rights as her primary beneficiaries?

In the Will, all tagable property was given to my mother. How long do we have to vacate the property?

Asked on April 19, 2015 under Estate Planning, Connecticut


Christine Socrates / Christine Sabio Socrates, Atty at Law

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As the suriving spouse of her deceased husband, your mother may have been entitled to the home.  If the home is in his name alone, then his estate should have been probated.  Even if her husband did not leave her the home in his will, your mother as surviving spouse could elect to take her statutory share of his estate including the house.  There is not statutory time in which you need to vacate the house.  That would be between you and the representatives of the esate of the deceased husband.   

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.