What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? CALIFORNIA I'm trying to find out if you can borrow or make a loan against an expected inheritance. We have already received a partial payment ($10,000) but the house has yet to be sold. house's value $500,000. we called the estate lawyer but he told us to be patient. they want a better price for the house but we need money to pay our bills. I was laid off because of the recession, and we're behind on our rent. I need some real advice here. please someone help me out and point me in the right direction.