Topic: Legal advice for long time Petworth residents
Legal advice for long time Petworth residents
I am attempting to help my neighbors seek legal help as they deal with a family dispute over a property. Here’s the gist:
The property originally belonged to the wife’s father, who inexplicably willed his entire estate to the youngest of his five children (the wife’s younger brother) under what appear to be somewhat dubious circumstances shortly before his death in ’98. Since that time, my neighbors have been living in the home and fully maintaining the property. There was never any written lease or contact between my neighbors and the brother. In fact, my neighbors began paying the property taxes once they discovered that the property had fallen into tax sale at some point in the early ’00s (and have record of all payments). The brother has now decided that he would like to sell the home and hired a lawyer to force my neighbors out of the home. He has not offered them any compensation of any kind.
Based on the details above, what’s my neighbors’ best course of action? I know that there are various DC tenant rights services available to them; however, would such a case be worth private legal representation? What’s their best case scenario?
Any advice and/or referrals would be much appreciated. Of course, I am happy to provide more details on request.