My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Hawaii
I financially assisted my brother's neighbor for a year with probate (he was on SSI, wheelchair disabled). During that time, I was looking to buy a home in the area, so we had setup a verbal agreement that I would assist him and he would sell me his mother's property after he gained ownership. He passed away about two months after gaining title of the property and we did not complete the agreement. The cousin had agreed to assist in selling the property to me after he goes through the same probate process. Two years later, now he is also financially in trouble and Iím thinking to assist him. I've been taking care of the property since helping the decedent, about 3 years total.
1. Could I file a claim when notice appears in the public paper for the money I lent out during the first probate? Will this add unnecessary costs for the cousin, or hinder and delay the process?
2. I want to put money into the property to make the place livable. Is a price agreement on the property with the cousin possible while the estate is in probate? I would also like to live on the property if the probate process takes very long.
3. Will an appraisal before fixing the property be of use for me if I buy the property after the cousin gets title?
4. Can I collect back what I put into the property if things don't go as planned? Say if the debt isn't paid and the bank sells the property to recoup.
5. How is the property settled if the property tax and debt is kept being paid and it does not go through probate? If I live on the property after fixing it, and itís still under the decedentís name, how would that ever get corrected?
6. Can I pay the property tax and debt directly rather than sending a check to the personal representative for him to pay. This is for me to make sure the bills are being paid and the personal representative isn't taking the money.
7. Any suggestions other than "don't do it"?
thanks in advance!