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My father died in 2009 leaving his farm property to 4 children. his current wife received all bank proceeds & pension.

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we need to sell farm land only but she has life estate on house and will not sign Quit Claim Deed. She abandoned property 1 wk after his death. the land ae are selling is leased for farming only and does not include home. It is on 2 seperate tax rolls. what are our options?

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Without looking at the will and the title to the property (not just the tax records), there is no good way to give you an answer. I would recommend you talk to an attorney in your area that deals with estate issues, If there was no attorney who set up the estate in 2009, you probably need to find one to consult with. If there was an attorney, that individual may be able to answer your questions.

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Your question is much too complicated to answer on this website. All of the relevant documents need to be reviewed to give you an answer/options. I suggest that you look for a probate attorney on this website or at and call to set up a consultation with that attorney. It might cost you a few hundred dollars; however, if this is important the price is small for good advice.

Best wishes!

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This is something you should work with an attorney on. But, I would think you could sell the land and parcel out the house.

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If she has a life estate, your options may not exist or may be very expensive. But to know for sure, a lawyer needs to read all the probate and deed paperwork.

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A life estate bifurcates title to property. In other words, if you want to sell or otherwise transfer the property, all of the owners as well as the owner of the life estate will have to sign the deed. If she will not do so, you cannot sell it. If you think the house was separated from the land somehow and that she does not have a life estate in the land, you would want to do a title search to make sure. You may also want to look at the property description on the estate's deed granting her the life estate to see if it includes the acreage. Then, go and see an attorney to determine what you can and cannot do based on the accurate information you are then able to give them.

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