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She can file a suit for partition which will force the sale of the house. When there are co-owners of property and one or more want to sell (Group A) and one or more do not want to sell (Group B), if Group B won't either agree to sell or purchase the interests of Group A at a price agreeable to Group A, then Group A can file a suit for partition. The result of that suit will be one of the following: i) if the property can be equitably subdivided, the court will order the property divided into smaller parcels with each owner then owning 100% of their own smaller tract with full control over that tract; or ii) if the property cannot be equitably subdivided, the court will order the property sold and the proceeds divided. Since a house cannot be divided, the court will order the house sold. BUT: i) these suits are expensive and can take a long time to resolve; and ii) unless your mother agrees to the sale, any sale is going to be subject to your mother's life estate (even if she no longer lives there) which will have a chilling impact on any attempt to sell the property.
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