Daniels LLP Solicitors MY mother-in-law died 20 years ago. She didn’t make a will, and her house passed to her five children. One of the children – my sister-inlaw – is still living there, while the other four children, including my wife, have died. How can I get my wife’s share of the property while I’m still alive? YOU are probably entitled to claim your wife’s share if she left it to you in her will or the residue of her estate passed to you. If you can’t persuade her sister to leave you would have to go to court to obtain an order for the house to be sold with vacant possession. The court may be reluctant to enforce it if the sister is elderly. You should see if she might be receptive to purchasing your wife’s share in the house and ‘buy you out’ of the interest as an alternative. She should be asked to pay an occupational rent to reflect the fact that she is depriving you of the capital. Valuations would help with this but you might want to consider this first and obtain at least three valuations before suggesting it.