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I am a solicitor in Scotland. Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear of your troubles. From what you say the contract is nothing to do with you. You could defend any court claim on the basis that it was your ex partner’s business that is responsible as the contractor. Your concern is that they can block any sale. That “block” is legal speak is called an Inhibition and they can ask the court for that in certain circumstances, usually where they can demonstrate that there is a real chance of their account not being paid. An Inhibition stops a person from selling their property. However, what you have said is that you are prepared to pay them once the farm sells. That of course is something that you should only offer on a without prejudice basis. What usually happens is that you sign a mandate authorising the solicitor who acts for you in the sale to pay them from the proceeds of sale. That gives them comfort that they will be paid and any Inhibition can be lifted. You would of course have a right of recourse for repayment of at least part of this from your ex if you chose to make a claim, given that it was his business that was legally liable. I hope that helps you. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.