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Life estate requires maintenance (access required)

Mother died April 9, and her will provides a life estate for me. My sister is the executor of the estate, which isn't large. If I move – or don't maintain the house – the proceeds are to be divided three ways, between me, my sister and my deceased brother's family.

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Mortgage lenders are becoming more curious (access required)

Arranging for a new mortgage loan, to finance the purchase of a home or to refinance an existing loan, is very different today from the process used a few months or years ago. Even applicants with exceptionally good credit should expect extensive scrutiny when applying for a mortgage today, The New York Times reports.

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