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My father and I owned a house in Maryland. He died and his name is on the deed. Can house be sold?

Salisbury, MD |

Wife left the area and I do not know where she is. His estate was never probated. I am the only child.

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  1. It depends upon whether you owned the house as a joint tenant with your father or as a tenant in common. You tell that from the deed. If it was a joint tenancy, then upon your father's death you became the full owner. If it was a tenancy in common, your father's share must be probated. If you call, I will look up the deed and tell you which it is.


  2. Attorney Meng is correct. If I were you, I would take him up on his kind offer. Good luck to you.

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