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Is father still living?
If so, does step mother have a Power of Attorney to act on his behalf?
If he is deceased, was she listed on the deed to the property as a "joint tenant"?
Has anyone opened a probate case to settle his estate if he is deceased?
Ok, thank you for that information. Unfortunately if she has a POA for father and he is not objecting or is unable to object due to his illness, then she could legally proceed to sell any assets that he had in his name.
As for the family land, if she has no deed and can't convey clear title, then she will have a hard time finding someone to purchase the property. She would have to file a "quiet title" action in court to have a judge declare father to be the legal owner of the property before she could then sell it and convey clear title.
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