It is likely that the house is deeded in both names if the tax bill comes that way. If so, then it is probably a survivorship deed and the wife will now own the house. There may be other assets that you are entitled to, or at least 50% of them. You need to contact a probate lawyer.
As far as debts discharged in Bankruptcy, there should not be any tax liability for the amount that was discharged. Was the house included in the bankruptcy? If so, why did you do a short sale? Was the house your primary residence? More facts are needed to thoroughly answer this question. You should consider talking to an accountant as well.
Debra G. Simms
Is your friend willing to leave the house to you in a Will? And you should consider possibly filing bankruptcy if you cannot pay your debts. Please consult with an attorney so that you are left without options when your friend passes away.
I think your attorney was trying to simplify your life! All changes of income should be reported to the trustee. Your plan might need to be amended.
You probably need to retain your attorney to do this, or if he/she is not willing, then find a new attorney.
If your husband is not the father of your child, then you can do a simplified divorce (if you have relatively few assets or debts together) or uncontested. You might not need a lawyer. If he is the father, then you will need a parenting plan and child support must be calculated. Many attorneys offer free consults, I would start there.
Your wife might have, and likely does, have a claim to your house and pension if they were assets accumulated during your marriage. If they were pre-marital assets, then other factors come in to play. The fact that she abandoned you has no relevance to the division of assets. You should get credit for your child support payments but you might not have been paying the correct amount. I recommend you see an attorney.
As far as getting the records in you will need to get an agreement from the other party that these are not hearsay evidence. Absent that agreement, you will need the hospital records custodian in order to admit them in to evidence.
As far as the issue of whether your father was competent, the nurse might be allowed to testify, but I would recommend a physician who treated your dad.
You mentioned that he gave you the title? Did he put your name on the title or just hand you the paper? If your name is on title, you can sell it. If not, send your relative a registered letter saying you are going to report it as abandoned if he does not respond to you.
Debra G. Simms