Our father just recently passed. He has been cohabiting with someone else for quite some time. What are our (the childrens) rights in terms of the estate and the house. We believe the house was in joint names with about 200k pounds equity in it. We are not on good terms with his cohabiting partner.
He may or may not have a Will. His partners says that there is one and she has it and alleges the Will says she is next of kin. How do we even get her to show us the Will, because currently she will not.
Recently my sister bought him a car. Can we get this back? What are our rights here?
Do we have any rights if there is a Will and nothing is left to us? We say this as she is a very manipulative person and believe this would be the case.
It was her (as a council house). Dad just came along and gave the initial payment and organised it to be paid ever since. We assume (but do not know) that her funds have also been paying monthly. We are also assuming the house will go to her. However she has put it up for sale one day after he passed - meaning there will be approx 200k pounds equity. He made it clear to us that he wanted some to go to the grandkids.
Note we do NOT need the money at all (we are all fairly reasonably off), but feel affronted that his entire lifes estate seems to only go to the person he spent the last 16 (very unhappy years with) but the previous 58 years seem to not count at all. Even a token amount of the 200k for the grandchildren would have made us happy.
The car is worth approx 5k, but as far as she is concerned it is hers, because she says she is the next of kin and the entire estate is hers, even though she acknowledges we paid for the entire thing just 2 years ago.
There are a number of personal items (momentos) in the house as well that are of zero to low value that we would like.
Fundamentally we just do not know where we stand. We do not know what the will says and have no idea on how to make sure we do get to see it. We do not believe she will even take it to a lawyer (probate?).