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I have just learned my inheritance has been hidden from me for four years. I am legal owner of 1/3 of a house. I found out when they forgot to pay the home owner's insurance they put my name on without my permission. I have asked the other two parties for a key. They have refused. My lawyer told me I have a legal right to have access to the property to inspect and protect my interests, but she is now out of town so I can't get advice on how to proceed. The people are in the house doing things this week since I learned of my ownership.
I have and can produce on demand court documents proving I am an owner.
Am I legally able to change the locks myself and provide them with a key?
Or, do I hire a locksmith and make them pay 2/3 of the bill?
I want to know what the legal way of doing this is so I maintain my integrity and do things the right way.
Finally heard from a lawyer. Putting what I learned here to help other people in the same situation. He said I do have the right to change the locks or hire a locksmith to do it because they have prevented my access to my legal property which is commonly shared (meaning I have rights to the entire house not just 1/3 of it).
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