Real estate contracts are an expansive field of both law and life. Sales, leases, options, and certainly wills can all fall under this broad category. Normally, once a contract is signed, parties can go to court to enforce them by filing a lawsuit. But if one of the parties has passed away, the transaction becomes more complicated.
Thankfully, the California legislature created Probate Code section 850 to remedy some of the problems inherent to these situations. No longer do separate lawsuits need to be filed. Instead, interested parties can file a special petition to get the probate court to enforce a contract concerning the subject property. For instance, a son could petition to enforce a contract with his decedent’s mother where she had promised to transfer him the house upon death.
That said, the law surrounding these petitions is still dense and unwieldy for inexperienced litigants. As such, securing the right attorney in these situations can make all the difference. At the Underwood Law Firm, our attorneys are well-versed in these matters and are ready to assist. Potential litigants should not hesitate to contact our office so that we can begin making your goals a reality.