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My Mom died last April. She had no will. She let all my

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My Mom died last April. She had no will. She let all my siblings know I was to inherit house. I was her sole caretaker for 8 years and this was in return for that plus all the money I put into her house to make it livable. Now my siblings say no it’s not mine. Do I have any rights in this matter? I would do it again but i put about 15000$ into her house and 8 years 24/7 as caretaker. Thanks

Lawyer's Assistant: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Georgia

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

There was only verbal. And many heard it

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No thank you

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Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 7 months ago

So, to be clear, she didn't leave the property to you in a will, a trust, any kind of a contract, or a writing of any sort, corect?

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Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 7 months ago

Then, unfortunately, under a concept of law called the "Statue of Frauds" the real estate and house would not pass to you. Any contract or mechanism whereby real property is transferred MUST be in writing.

You would likely have a claim under an equitable theory for the work you put in on the estate and for your mother but you would need a lawyer to help you make that claim effectively. It is possible that the value of the services is enough to offset the value of he house and so you might be able to get it that way but you need to hire a lawyer that does probate work, you can find one at www.lawyers.com. You will want to hire one soon so they can file an appearance and make your claims known.

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Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 7 months ago

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