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I have a written agreement with now deceased owners of my

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I have a written agreement with now deceased owners of my house that I was buying it and upon the last payment they would sign over to me. the heirs are unwilling to handle the estate. The owners lived in florida and the house is in Warren pa. I don't know what to do.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Richard replied 9 months ago.

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Expert:  Richard replied 9 months ago.

Hi Cheryl. Your agreement does not end with the death of the owners; rather it survives and follows the property and the estate. If the heirs do not honor the contract willingly, then file suit to quiet title and for breach of contract against the estates of the owners and the heirs. The court will then uphold your agreement and if you have made the last payment, order the title to the property transferred to you. The property is an asset of the estate and subject to your agreement. As part of your suit, you will want to file a lis pendens (fancy legal term for lien in this situation) against the property to prevent them from selling it to anyone else while your suit is adjudicated.

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