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We inherited paintings from parents and they were divided up. He ended with these extra two and keeps saying he will sell them for us to share the money but he's not doing it. It's been well over three years. They are not very valuable but do have value. He at one point said he would buy us out for a silly low price and we said no. Can I sue him for theft, or what would it cost to have a lawyer write to him with a threat of a law suit. I told him that if he could not show me that he had them for sale somewhere within two weeks, I would sue him for theft! Hope I didn't jump the gun. What should I do? Many thanks. Vanessa.
I don't know. He does not argue that they belong to the rest of us, he just isn't doing anything about it. Everything was just divided equally between us. He had them in his possession by chance, he didn't steal them but keeps not doing anything about it. He acknowledges that he does not own them alone.
I think my sister was but it was all very informal as we did not do anything through a lawyer. We just took all the paintings off the walls and took turns choosing - under the radar so to speak. What can I do? I don't want tax issues by revealing everything! He doesn't argue this, he just needs a letter I think from a lawyer to show him that I'm serious. He has lots to hide so he'd probably respond to a lawyer letter. Thanks Vanessa
Are you still there? I don't feel that I have any advise yet.
Ok Many thanks for your help. I do have one more quick question. The five of us own a house in Mallorca and he won't let us sell it. I can force an auction legally but would any member of the selling family be allowed to buy it at the botXXXXX XXXXXne auction price? E.G. If I force the sale by auction I don't want him to be able to buy it dirt cheap when he refused to let us sell it in the first place.
Ok - that's what I was afraid of. You've been great, thank you.