My Dad passed and I have a will that makes me a executor of the estate but my brother has lived with him and had power of attorney and said he has a will that is different from mine but want to split it 50/50. I want to settel the estate sometime soon, But it seems to me that he has no plan on setting soon but wants to still live in the house for free when I would like to sell it and move on. What are my rights and what should i do!!!
Estate Planning Attorney
The power of attorney which your father delivered to your brother died when your father died. The distribution of the estate is determined by the terms of the will. If there are two different wills, the terms of the latest will prevail unless there is evidence that the will is invalid due to the existing of circumstances such as lack of mental capacity, fraud or undue influence.
Based on your comments, it seems that your brother is the classic freeloader who has no intention of leaving the property voluntarily. I would recommend that you hire counsel to enforce your rights under your father's estate plan. Good luck.
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My deepest condolences for your loss. Ultimately, you will need to determine which will is valid. A well-drafted will usually contains a provision that revokes all previous wills, meaning that the will with the most recent date is probably the valid one. If, however, the more recent will does not contain such a clause, parts of both may still be valid. You will probably have to have an estate attorney in your area examine both wills to determine their status. Note that now that your father has passed away, your brother's power of attorney no longer has any legal effect. The power to administer the estate rests with whoever is the executor of the valid will. Once you determine which will is valid you will have to offer it for probate before you can start disposing of the property in the estate. A probate lawyer in your area can help you with that as well.
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My condolences on your loss.
The Power of Attorney is no longer valid - it ceases at someone's death.
The Executor of the Will then has the power (and duty) to settle the affairs if your Dad.
As previously stated (and from what I Infer), it appears that there is friction.
Although I rarely encourage the hiring of an attorney (it is self-serving) nor ever disparage someone's family member (after all - he is still your brother), I would suggest that your brother and you quickly attempt to put out this fire before it becomes something that both of you may regret.
Good luck - at least, to me, nothing is ever worth breaking up a family. I am sorry you are experiencing this.
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