My sister,my brother and inherited a house. my sister and I are on the deed,my brother has a life estate which he chose that route because he is running from bill collectors all his life and didn't want a lien on the property. We all want to sell but brother is being difficult and want all his renovation costs back. Will courts partition a house with a life estate on it?
Real Estate Attorney
Life estates don't shield people from creditors. Any judgments against brother that's running from bills will have to be paid from proceeds of any sale or partition action, so you're in a bad spot. And, if he wants his costs back, how are you supposed to do that without his bill collectors attacking his money? Cash under the table?
Sit with a local attorney to outline your rights & potential remedies.
I may be guessing or not licensed in your state. No atty/client relationship exists.
Criminal Defense Attorney
You can sell but it will be subject to the life estate so no one will likely buy.
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