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I am very sorry to hear this;
unfortunately a co-owner can petition the court for the property to be sold so that they can realize their equity. So if the person makes that petition, and the court grants it, generally one has the right of first refusal, so they can buy out the other. So it is usually cheaper to independently refi (ie reverse mortgage or other loan) in order to avoid the legal fees in defending the action.
I know this is most unfortunate but it will allow one to keep possession of the family home.
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