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My house was left to the estate of AW", who was my deceased

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My house was left to the 'estate of AW", who was my deceased dad. I have abrother, who wants to force a sale of this home which I have lived in and which he has never contributed a penny to its running. How do I combat his plan to literally take my house?

So now you and your brother are the heirs on the home? Is that correct?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Yes. We ostensibly own the home together. However, I have paid all taxes and upkeep and he has paid nothing. Nevertheless, yes we are the owners. Please know that in my dad's will it was left to 'The estate of AW" we are not mentioned as heirs by name. Helene


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Who is "AW"?
Was "AW" mentioned as the beneficiary of your father's will or were you and your brother also named?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

AW refers to my father's name. No we are not named. The property is left as stated: 'To the state of AW". We are his only surviving sons and heirs.

Is anyone named in the will as a beneficiary of anything?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No one is specifically named.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No. everything is left to 'The Estate of A.W".

I am going to have to opt out of this question. Something is wrong with this will since it sounds like he was leaving everything to himself which is impossible. So either I'm missing something in the facts or the will is simply not a valid will and I have no way of reviewing the paperwork form here. Most wills have a named beneficiary otherwise no one would inherit the estate.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I'm sorry. Yes I looked and we are both named as heirs and co-executors. Can you help? The will was probated and all was in order. H

I think you might be misunderstanding the the will. It is not possible for someone to leave property to his/her own estate. Either your father tried to write his own will, or his attorney was a dunce. If you can get a clear understanding of the will, and it leaves everything to you and your brother, then the house is not yours. It is yours and his and he can force a sale of the home in order to receive his half of the value of it. The only way for you to keep that from happening is to buy his interest from him. I suggest that you obtain a good probate attorney to work on that aspect as soon as possible.

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Category: Estate Law
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Experience: 30+ yrs. handling probate estate, wills, trust, inheritance & real estate related matters
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