you can start an action to partition. Contact your local counsel about the process.
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The previous answer is on point. A case for partition by sale is the way to handle this. Get an attorney where the property is located and have the attorney make contact and see is you can settle this without much of a challenge.
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Let me tell you what is going to happen if you file a partition action. (I do this often... Next week I will file one in Carbon County, and the following week I should be ready for one in Luzerne County and one in Centre County). After the Complaint is filed and an Answer also filed, the judge will call the lawyers in for a conference. He or she will propose to appoint a lawyer from the county to be a Master (like a judge). The Master will handle the sale of the property and take a 6% fee. The master will need legal advice and he or she will hire a partner or friend who will take 1 or 2% additional. The Master will hold hearings to decide how the money will be divided. The Master will also hire the Realtor®. That will be another 6%. You and all your cousins will hire lawyers and spend at least $2500@ or $22,500.
Do you like the smell of burning money?
Here is what I do before "going to the mattresses" (going to court). I try to get my client to call a family meeting and give everyone the facts of life. I sometimes attend and do the talking. Then we try to get everyone to agree to a plan that will not require them to ever speak to one another again. The plan is to simply list the property for sale. A third party is given a limited power of attorney to sign the agreement of sale and a deed, providing the sale price is within a rage specified. Then everyone goes home and waits for e-mails telling them what is happening and eventually for their check.
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