My Grandfather bought 40 acres of land about 100 years ago in Rufe, Oklahoma. Since then, He, his wife, and 3 children have all passed, with no will Now there are 9 cousins. I tried to buy, but not all would agree to sell. Now I want to survey, fence, clear, get water on it, and use it to run cattle on. None of the rest want to use it. Can I do that and not have to pay a lease to the other cousins? I live within 55 miles of it, the others are at least 4 hours from the land. My Mother paid the taxes on it from 1988 til she passed in 2004, and since then I have paid the taxes on it. None of the rest want to buy, sell, or use it.
I would like to use it if I don't have to mess with the rest of them. Also, if one wants to buy, will I have to be repaid for the improvements and labor?