Hire an experienced probate lawyer and petition the probate court to force the Administrator to reimburse you for your remodeling costs. You will need solid documentation of what you did and some expenses (such as minor repairs) may not be deemed fit for reimbursement. Note, also, depending on the assets of the estate, you may not be reimbursed until the house is sold. Good luck to you.
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Mr. Pankowski is correct regarding the needed procedure. It occurs to me in addition that the value of the use of the house may become an issue in retaliation. No rent obligation or payment is mentioned, and the possibility does exist that the administrator is intending to accept the repairs in lieu of rent.
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You need to petition the court for the expenses (materials and time) you laid out for the repairs on the house. The improvements you made probably increased the value of the property. Collect all the receipts and consult with an attorney. Get a referral from the Orange County Bar Association - http://www.ocbar.org/
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I agree with my colleagues. I would simply add that at least a portion of the funds should be returned to you in the form of a higher sales price on the property. Of course, the sister would share in this, as well. Your "loss", if you do not seek reimbursement, would thus be about half of the cost of repairs, assuming that the repairs enabled you to get a higher price.
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