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Welcome! Thank you for your question.Can you clarify who had the life estate interest and who owned the remainder interest in the property?
Put another way:
Did your grandmother transfer a life estate interest to your mother or did your grandmother retain a life estate and transfer the remainder interest to your mother?
Sir, thank you for the quick response. I am sending the link to the PDF posted on the deeds site of Spartanburg County, SC.
It was my grandmother's home. Soley in her name. She is the GRantor, my mother is the Grantee. My mother passed in 2010, over two years before my grandmother did.
My name isXXXXX in Riverview, FL. I work at Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill AFB, FL. I am a named heir in the will (though I have yet to receive a copy of the will and its relationship to this 'Life Estate' agreement between my grandmother and mother.
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Thank you again for the response. Yes, this is complex. So far, he's made no claim whatsoever to the property. I certainly want to avoid having to deal with him as I've broken away from a broken family to create my own life. Thank you for your kind words. I am not military but support Special Operations Forces around the globe. The Executor's wife wants me to 'threaten him' to give up any interest in the property... something I am not willing to do. Taxes were due so I paid them today...as part of 'staking a claim' but it seems that if I stake a full claim, as the Executor implies, that the title will have to clear appropriately...which may mean dealing with him...so I am torn as to what to do but I will figure it out.
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