My question involves real estate located in the State of South Carolina. My mother gave us a monetary gift at the closing of a construction to permanent loan. We used that gift as partial funds for building the house which is now our permanent residence. At the closing (or during the loan application process) she signed a gift letter, required by the bank, stating that the money was a gift and she did not ever expect repayment under any condition, or words to that effect. In exchange for the monetary gift we granted her a life estate to be able to live in our new home with us for the remainder of her life; we did NOT sell her a life estate and there was no form of written agreement between us. After a couple of years she consciously made the decision to move out and purchase her own home; we assume it was due to the fact that she was having a very hard time adapting to living together. She has now hired an attorney in an attempt to get the gift money returned to her. I honestly do not feel she has a case due to the strict terms of the signed gift letter and the lack of a written agreement between us. Our questions/concerns are; What are her rights? What are our rights? Can she sell/rent her life estate to some creep with the sole intent to make our lives miserable? Can she attempt to evict us from our primary residence? Can we get her life estate removed for any reason? Any advice on what we should do, or what we should be aware, would be appreciated. Thank you.