There may not be anything the "friend" can do, if the paperwork was not completed. But this is a serious matter and you should not allow this to get out of control. You need to have your own lawyer review everything that has taken place to help you determine how to respond. If your father was also a resident of SC at the time of his death, then you should contact a lawyer in SC that specializes in probate matters.
I am very sorry for your loss and these ongoing difficulties.
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Regardless of the validity of the alleged contract, you father's estate needs to be probated. See a local Probate Attorney. From you brief description its sounds like there are grounds to void the contract, if in fact there is one, or in some other way to set it aside. I would not delay. Its better to be out in front of this than responding to a complaint filed by the "friend."
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If I were in your situation, I'd probably get a probate lawyer and start the probate process right away, especially if there's a home in my dad's name.
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Sorry to hear about your father.
As the other attorneys pointed out, the probate process should establish clear chain of title for the property. If there was a contract for sale that was not completed by your father, there may be no issues there. If there is no other issues, beneficiaries of the estate will take the property.
Ian A. Taylor
The Taylor Law Office L.L.C. | (843) 314-4313
Pawleys Island, SC
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