What is the name of your state? AZ
My family is in a bite of a battle over my grandfathers living trust. My mother and I moved in with my grandparents back in 1987. My mother took care of my grandmother up until her death in 1992, shortly there after my grandfather was having his own health issues so we stayed to help him. Now we are learning that his living will declares my mother and my aunt joint owners in all of his property (car and house - with everything in it). Here where my questions start (1) The time spent by my mother and I maintaining his home, cooking to his diet guidelines, cleaning, electrical work, etc - shouldn’t that be taken into consideration as our investment into this home? (2) Not everything in this house is his, all 3 of us live here, my mother and I do not have receipts for stuff we bought years ago – why do we need to prove that it belongs to us now? (3) All of the household bills are in my mothers name and have been since we moved in. As far as most companies are concerned this house belongs to my mother. (4) Lastly I have been paying the bills that are in his name since January of this year, can I expect to see any of that money back now that he has passed?
The primary reason for my concern is that my aunt wants to list the house for sale, yet my mother and I still live here. I have no problem with the plan of paying her a third of the homes current value after it is inspected by a pro. I just don’t agree with paying her half the homes value along with her keeping his car and taking most of his stuff.
So what can we do? What rights do we have?