My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: PA
My father passed in March 09, my sister and I were 50/50 heirs. She lived in the house at the time of his death, and agreed to leave after his death since she did not work, and had no way to pay for the house. She changed her mind and it has taken me almost 2 years to get her out while she lived there rent free and taxes did not get paid. At the time of his death the house was worth approx 80K as i had a Realtor look at it then. I obtained possession yesterday, and she has destroyed the house. When I say destroyed, I mean destroyed as in..it's in unlivable conditions. (Rat infested, dog feces on floors and walls, carpets ripped up and not replaced, toilets ripped out of the floor, closet doors all gone and missing, holes and scratch marks punched in walls....garbage piled everywhere...it's as though dogs lived in the house) My words can't even describe the damage done. This was my childhood home. To see it in this condition breaks my heart. I would estimate that the house might be able to sell for 30,000 now. Our lawyer told us, that there is basically nothing we can do about the damage done to the house. What want to know is, there is no money in the estate. No money to pay taxes, or utility bills or to clean up the house. I don't want to spend any more of my own money on this house, as I have already lost money in legal bills, bills that concurred from her living there, etc... What do I do? She owes me money from back rent, taxes that I payed with my own money, funeral expenses..but she has no money, so I was hoping I'd get paid back from her half of the estate. If I sell the house as is, with nothing done to it, I will have to pay a Realtor to list the house, lawyer fees for handling the estate, back taxes etc.. so I will lose money. I was hoping to be able to have it appraised, and buy it myself, fix it up and sell it for a better price, so I will at least make some profit from it.