I think we are getting there.
Your mother renounced executor ship and the court awarded executorship
to her son. Nothing wrong with that.
At that time, the property was presumably in your father's sole
name, and in his well. He granted your stepmother at the right to live in it
for life. And when she died, it would be split equally between you and your
stepbrother. There is no harm, and nothing wrong with that, and indeed, it is
However, if that is indeed what your father's will, said, then
nothing that your stepmother can do can change that will your father made.
She can do what she likes in her own will , but she can only bequest
to her son, anything which she has been left and in this case, she was left a
life interest with you and her son getting what is known as "the remainder".
She cannot well her life interest to anyone because her interest ceases on her
On the facts that you have given me, therefore she cannot legally
sell the property without your consent and without you being paid your share of
the property. That is not to say that she might do something illegal and
underhand to try to deprive you of your interest. However, that would be
However it is easier to prevent something happening than it is to
unravel it after the event and that is why your solicitor suggested putting the
restriction on the property so that she cannot attempt to do that and so that
you will not have to unravel it later.
From the fact that you have given me, you should still get your
share of the property when she no longer lives in it all when she dies.
She cannot change your father's will, so that her stepson or she
gets anything other than what was in the will.
Does that answer the question?
Can I answer any specific points?