Posted by Jimmy on July 30, 2005 at 07:15:09:
do more homework. follow any available clues. if all lead to dead ends, you have three choices: (a) do nothing, keep an eye out, and wait for a foreclosure, (b) initiate probates for both estates, and have yourself appointed as executor, or © gamble on an adverse possession takeover.
Choice C is a tough one. if the place is abandoned, and has been that way for a while, you could enter the place as a squatter, get it rented up, start managing it and acting like an owner. after a period of years (it differes fro state to state), you could bring a quiet title lawsuit to legally put title in your name. Thsi alternative is full of risks. First, you would be a “burglar” when you enter the place, and could find yourself in jail. You have no legal right to enter the place. Thses kind of cases are pretty rare, but I saw one happen in Berkeley, California a few years back.