My question involves co-ownership of real estate in the state of:-Illinois
My Mom built and bought her house her self. She paid for it all in full, so there is no mortgage. A few years later she got married and a few years later she passed away. She left the house to me, my brother, and StepFather in thirds. We are tenants in common.
She has been gone not even a year yet and my StepFather is already getting married and wanting to move away. He wants his money and he wants to get out. He mentioned me buying him out, which I do not have the money to do so. I do not think that I should have to buy him out-why should he get special treatment because he wants to leave? I mentioned that we could sell. I know it will not be as fast as he'd like (he wants to move in 2 months), but it would probably be the best option for everyone.
I would like to protect myself. We have a lawyer who closed my Mom's estate, but I would like a second opinion for my rights. This is my home, my StepFather is not currently living here. He is contributing his share of the bills. My brother has moved away also but is still contributing bills. I am the only one living here now. I am trying to protect myself from my StepFather as I am worried that he will try to get as much money as he can and not protect our rights. Do I need to get a lawyer to represent me? Can my StepFather force us to buy him out?