QUESTION: Dear Legal Wiz,
My father is the sole benefactor of my grandfather’s estate in Jamaica according to the will he left when he died in 2003. My father did not probate the property and now there are family members living there, who refuse to move out and want to stake a claim on the property. A family feud is developing.
My father did not seek legal action. How does he need to proceed? He has the will and my grandfather’s death certificate.
RESPONSE: Dear Angie,
The best step is to begin the process to probate the Will. However, you need to make sure that the will is valid first. If probate is successful, then he would have full authority to deal with the occupants. During the process of the application for the probate, provision is made to deal with the occupants if they wish give challenge.
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