Per verbal and text Meg’s. My sister and I agreed on me buying her car. I was to pay her 200 starting this Friday. My sister suddenly dies on this past Wednesday. Her kids want the car to save for my youngest niece. What rights do I have.

I gave my recently bought car back to the finance company due to financial issues.
Also that I was to buy her car. Do I have any rights?

Asked on September 13, 2016 under Estate Planning, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, you do not have any rights in the situation you describe: a promise like you describe "dies" with the promissor and is not enforceable against the heirs or the estate. That it put you  in a bad position is unfortunate, as is your loss (and please accept our condolences), but you will not be able to force her children to honor this promise.

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