No, my mother hasn't promised my sister anything in return specifically for her care. My mother continues to pay the household bills - which includes substantial building works, (a new kitchen and decoration etc), so the house is more comfortable for my sister and her husband, and my sister pays some of the food bills.
My mother is elderly and frail, but compose mentis and physically fit.
The house is worth about £900,000.
My mother wants us three to have equal shares, and trusts that my sister will be able to buy me and my brother out: but yesterday she told my sister she hoped to make "living wish" made that my sister and her husband would never have to leave the house.
Yes, but there is also money in stock and shares, which of course one can't easily evaluate at this stage. So there will be more money around for us all, other than just the house, after my mother's death.
Probably just enough.
But my understanding is that a living wish is only that - a wish, and it is not legally binding or obligatory in any way..... My question was is there any legal implication to her living in the house - could her age make any difference re rights to stay in a property/could she have "squatters rights" ? Clearly I'd appreciate a family discussion but they are so cagey about having one I wonder if they know about some sort of rights to a property once you're in that I am unaware of.