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Did anyone ever file a probate case to settle father's estate?
How has this come up now, 26 years later?
What did the will say about who was to inherit the house?
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Ok, this is the problem that you are going to run into here... The only way the girlfriend could have deeded the house over to her son would be if she filed a probate case and was appointed executor of the estate. Then she could have a deed prepared from the estate over to her son.
Should you have been notified about the estate being opened??....yes, definitely. But the problem is that this probably happened 24-26 years ago and the NY statute of limitations on fraud and breach of contract is only 6 years.
So even if this was completely fraudulent and not what the will said was to happen, the time to challenge it has long since passed.
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