Thank for the information:
Thank you so much ! But really don't understand wording, " the grantor, in favor of mother -in-law for life estate, without any liability for waste, and with full power and authority in said life tenant to sell, convey, mortgage, lease or otherwise manage and dispose of the property described herein, in fee simple, with or without consideration, without joinder of the remaindermen, and with full power and authority to retain any and all proceeds generated thereby, and upon the death of life tenant, the remainder, if any, to the Grantees", son & daughter in law , husband and wife, as tenants by the entirety. Sounds like I'm in the dark.
Response: Wow! Not good news at all here. Your mother-in-law's Power of Attorney can sell the property without your consent. The Life Estate Deed gave your mother-in-law the authority to do anything she wants to do with the property without your consent or consent of your late husband.
Can I put a lien on the house for the expenses that we have paid ?
Response 2: It is a bit complicated. You would need to sue your mother-in-law for the expenses and then if you prevail you can attach the property. However, you may file an ex parte motion for pre judgment lien/attachment to protect your interest in case of a sale. If the Judge allows your Motion, lien would be placed on the property making it difficult for the Power of Attorney to sell the property. Then the Court would schedule a hearing on your Motion. If you persuade the Judge that you would prevail in your lawsuit against your mother-in-law for the expenses, the Judge would allow the lien to stay on the property. Otherwise, the Judge would order the lien released.
You need to retain the services of a local real estate litigation Attorney to assist you with the case. You can use the following sites to find local Attorneys: