They divorced in 2007, and we have only recently found out that he passed away earlier this year. A web title search showed the property is still in his and my mom’s names. Although my mom doesn’t have any loans or mortgages on her name, the bank told us that there are mortgages and/or loans on my stepfather’s name. However, they will not share that information with us and required probate documents.
My questions are: Is the house solely my mom’s now? Is she responsible for mortgages on my stepfather’s name? How do we proceed to sell the house since we live in another country and cannot afford to maintain it? How would we sell it if it has an open lien, for example?
A: It’s quite important to determine how your stepfather and mom purchased the home. While you may not see percentages in a document, that does