Fortunately, the contract does not have to be notarized in order to be enforced.
When you are finished paying per the terms of the agreement, then you'll have to get the deeds from your step grandmother's estate
. The personal representative of the estate will need to provide you with the deeds. If the estate is no longer open at the time, then you can file an action in the probate
court to have the estate reopened for the purpose of dealing with the deeds and appointing a new personal representative.
The bot***** *****ne is that the death creates more work for you, but it's still possible to enforce the contract. There may also be a situation in which you would be forced to sue the estate. For example, let's say the heirs
attempt to sell the property to somebody else, or let's say the estate is still open when you finish paying off the properties and the personal representative refuses to deed the properties to you. In that situation, you would retain an attorney to sue the estate.
The bot***** *****ne is that since you have the agreement in writing, you can enforce the agreement against the estate.
Does that answer your question? Please let me know if you need clarification, as I am happy to continue helping you until you are satisfied.