My question involves real estate located in the State of: va
In brief, I own a commercial property in which my mom has life estate on, since my dad passed away almost 3yrs ago, mom has been suing me for this and that (all false claims). The property has been in my possession for over 14 yrs. It was my bussiness and I moved out and rented it out for the last 1.5yrs. Have nothing in writing with mom to pay her anything as far as monthly rent and have not paid - I would give my DAD some occassional money to help him out and as a thank you - HE helped me purchase the property in the beginning. He never asked for money from me and would refuse anything I would pay. I have some letters and notes that state this - from him.
The only concern that I have is this: "mom" is asking for back rent for the time since my dad's passing to present for the property. Is this legal? Does she have the right to any money when there's no contract between us? Also, just to add, she never asked for the property, and refuses to take over the property on which she has life estate on - she has refused the keys in front of her and my attorneys and insists only getting the monthly rent. I refuse to work for her as getting paid is NOT easy for the property. I would rather hand her the keys! Is there anything to be concerned as far as her asking for some sort of back pay?
Would I be better off the mail her the key (certified) and be done?
Any suggestion would be helpful? (if only my lawyer would give me any input other than his HUGE bills - that would be great!)