The internet supports a woman selling her late husband’s house


Members of a popular internet forum were quick to support a woman who sold her late husband’s house to a buyer other than her parents.

In a viral Reddit post posted to r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/Clarkal2 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said that she and her husband had been separated for a year before his death and detailed the resulting burden. after being named administrator of his estate.

Entitled “[Am I the a**hole] for selling my late husband’s house to his parents?” the viral post received nearly 15,000 votes and 1,000 comments in the last 10 hours.

Writing that her in-laws were the beneficiaries of multiple life insurance policies and retirement funds, the original poster said they had been given a ‘boat load’ as she had to sell her former’s home partner.

Adding that she is already financially responsible for her own home, the original poster said her in-laws insisted they wanted to buy their late son’s home, but dragged their feet throughout the process. process.

“Since his death, his parents have told me that they want to buy the house,” she writes. “I’ve been waiting for them to accept the purchase since August… Since then I’ve been paying the mortgage on his house.”

“In February, I let them know that I was tired of paying two mortgages and needed them to complete the purchase,” she added.

Despite her in-laws’ wish to buy the house, the original poster stated that she had recently received an offer from an outside buyer, much to the chagrin of her late husband’s parents.

“Last week I was approached by a gentleman willing to pay a lot of money for the house,” she wrote. “I warned [my in-laws] hoping it would get them on their side, but they scoffed and told me I just had to be patient and wait.”

“It’s been a whole year of waiting, for them to let me pay the mortgage…while they go on vacation, make big purchases and pay off their debt with life insurance,” he said. she continued.

“Am I the dick for accepting an offer from someone who isn’t them?” she asked. “Is it wrong to sell their dead son’s house?”

Editors have backed a woman who sold her late husband’s home to a buyer other than her parents.
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When a person dies, one of the first actions is to appoint an administrator for their estate.

Often a surviving spouse, other relative, attorney, or executor named in a final will, the estate administrator serves as legal representation for the deceased party, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

Under some state laws, this may mean that an estate administrator is responsible for a deceased person’s debts, including unpaid mortgages.

And while there are some protections for grieving family members against “abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices” used to collect debts, the Federal Trade Commission reports that collectors can directly contact spouses, parents, executors and estate administrators soon after a death. .

Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors pointed out that his in-laws had plenty of chances to buy their late son’s house and offered the original poster some advice.

In the post’s top comment, which received more than 20,000 votes, Redditor u/Lawn_Orderly said the original poster was justified in selling the house and encouraged her to ask for the mortgage payments back. she performed.

“[Not the a**hole]“, they wrote. “They have had more than enough time to respond and as administrator you must close the estate.”

“Check with your lawyer to get reimbursed from the proceeds of the sale for the mortgage payments you made after your death,” they added.

Redditor u/Petty25Betty, whose comment received over 4,000 votes, echoed that sentiment and said the kids in the original poster should have been given the money that ended up with her in-laws.

“If they wanted the house, they would pay the mortgage,” they wrote. ” You all [children] should have been its beneficiaries.

“You gave them fair warning. If you want to be generous let them know about the other offer and give them a time frame to pull the trigger,” Redditor u/4682458 added. “All communications through an attorney.”


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