I want to get things straightened out and have things divided, equally and legally, what is the first step?
She had no will, there are 11 children. Our father died more than 40 years ago, the house is in mothers name only.
Did your mother have a will?
If so-who are beneficiaries?
If not-is spouse living-how many children?
We need more information to help you.
Was anyone else on the deed?
Most likely-you will need a probate attorney to assist you.
The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of action is to have legal representation in this matter.
Ethics / Professional Responsibility Lawyer
Whether there was a Will or not, quite a bit of paperwork will be required. You will need to decide whether the value of the house justifies the effort and expense. You definitely need a probate lawyer to help you through this.
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Real Estate Attorney
It appears by your description that an estate likely needs to be opened. Your next step should be to contact an attorney who regularly handles estates.
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