My father passed away suddenly almost 2 years ago with no will in place. My step mother assigned herself as administrator, hired a probare attorney and said nothing was to leave the property (which belonged to my father beforethey were married). My 4 siblings and I hold 2/3 rights to the property. There has been no contact between us since his funeral.
An inventory list was created. There were only a few personal items that we wanted. It was my fathers verbal wish that the house stay in the family, however she could live there as long as she wished. We were all fine with that, she wasn't. So, going into probate
the property was to be sold. She drug her feet for a long while streaching this out over many court dates and continuances, and changing from the probate attorney to an estate
attorney. At the final court date the judge told her she was going to have to vacate the property (she has another property belonging to only her), and that she was failing at her duties as administrator. At this point she claimed that more of her money had gone into the property and basically that it was all hers under community property law, so she was given time to collect proof of that claim (which she couldn't sufficiently do). So now the next step would be litigation. Which she did not want either
So after some time my siblings and I figured up an arrangement that everyone agreed upon. As this was being written up last week for everyone to sign, so that we could end this my father's property burned to the ground in a large fire along with 67 other homes including my stepmother's other house. His assets were never distributed, and now all personal effects are gone.
She is wanting to rebuild on my father's property, which we absolutly do not want. Does she have the right to make this decision without our agreement? She is now back with the probate attorney which our estate attorney advised me to speak to, as she is att a loss. He would not speak to me as he is her attorney. We don't know where to go from here nor can we get a clear answer as to what our righs are as his heirs
. We just want this to be over with as quickly and cleanly as possible, any information or advice you can give would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.