If I had a pound for every one of these where the parent moves in with the children or vice versa and the whole thing goes pear-shaped, it would pay for my summer holiday.
Of course it gets worse if there has been a substantial financial contribution, by either party, to the property.
Whilst the new property is entirely owned by you and your wife, it would appear that your mother-in-law has made substantial financial contributions to the property and while she may have no legal stake in it she certainly has a financial/beneficial/equitable stake.
That doesn’t necessarily give her the right to live in the property but it does mean that if she wants her money out she can make you sell it unless you have the money to pay her.
However you do say that she transferred money to you following the original plan but received all of that back so if she’s received all of it back, she has no interest whatsoever in the property, legal or financial/beneficial and she actually has no right to live in the property because she is actually no more than a guest.
She doesn’t pay any rent and you could actually lock outs provided you give her all her belongings back.
Because she doesn’t pay any rent and she is simply a guest, then in my opinion she has no right to stay in the property any more than the Milkman, the postman, or the woman next door.
That threat coming from a solicitor, that she will come home one day and find herself locked out is probably going to focus her mind more than if it simply comes from you.
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In any event, for logistical reasons you would be better using a local solicitor .
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