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Thank you for the question. In reality the care homes and councils are attempting to find a way round this, but if you own. 50% of the home, the care home can only sell your mother's estate, and if that estate includes 50% of a home that is technically worthless as you can't sell half a home. However, this will depend on a number of different factors, such as when and how you came to own your percentage of the house etc. What I would advise doing in this instance is arranging a meeting with the law firm and ask what their thinking is in relation to selling the home. Remember that it is a lawyer's job to act in the best interest of the client, so if they are advising you to sell the property then it will likely be for a good reason. I do agree (from what I know) that removing her name from the deeds would be a. good idea, Im not sure about their thinking behind selling the property, however they will, of course, have more information than I do.
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Yes, and it would have been for exactly this reason as you are both named on the property I they should not be able to obtain it. You are definitely not obliged to sell it, im just saying the lawyer's involved may have a reason for this advice, but they will be able to answer that for you.