do I have to allow inventory of everything in house?
Estate Planning Attorney
You only have a life estate so the trustees/executors have the right to inventory and routinely check on the condition of the house with proper notice, similar to what a landlord could do. If you are not comfortable and don't like the way they are behaving, perhaps you can come to an agreement with them to buy you out of the life estate for a sum of money and you could move out and live in more comfortable surroundings.
You are responsible for maintenance and insurance of the property and if taxed separately the property tax on the life estate.
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I agree with my colleagues. I would add two points. The life estate in the property entitles you to use of the property, but not necessarily to ownership of the contents. If you can prove that the items are yours, however, or if they were given to you in the Will, then they are not part of the estate. Secondly, you either have a right to remain in the home for 2 years, or you have a life estate. A life estate means you can reside in the home for the rest of your life. It does not mean you have 2 years to do so. Given that dramatic difference, it may be a good idea for you to consult with a probate lawyer to make sure that you are o the right track.
I am very sorry for your loss.
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