You can't sell property with a life estate. You may be able to sell the life estate itself, you would need a lawyer to review the terms of the document establishing the life estate. But the property itself does not belong to the person owning the life estate, and therefore cannot be sold by that person.
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The deeded owner of the property could sell the property with a life estate, but the buyer would not be able to live in the property until your mother is deceased, which greatly reduces the value.
Have you considered a reverse mortgage? Just be careful you pick a reputable company and watch out for scams. Your other option might be to rent the property and use the rent to pay for the nursing home. That is risky if you can't find a tenant or you get stuck with a tenant that doesn't pay the rent on time or at all, so you need to screen potential tenants carefully.
You might want to consult with a real estate broker or a financial planner, who may have some other options or ideas to help.
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You probably have the power to sell in your POA document-it should be reviewed.
The question is should your sell?
Your Mom might qualify for medicaid-so you should see and Elder Law attorney first.
Depending on your mother's age-it might not be worth much to her and the remainderman would have to sign and give up their interest.
She might qualify for mediciad.
Our office can usually qualify someone in 60 days if they are eligible.
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