Our expert says:
Family law expert
It is not clear whether your father will be inheriting the property in terms of your late grandfather's Will. If this is the case, it will probably be awarded to him in terms of a redistribution agreement where the beneficiaries have agreed that your father will inherit the property on the condition that he pays an amount of R60 000-00 each to the other beneficiaries. If this is the case, it is quite straight forward, and this has to be done under supervision of the Master's Office, so you will have nothing to worry about. It is also possible that the property was bequeathed to the three children in equal shares, in which case your father may also offer to purchase the other 2/3 share for the amount mentioned.
Seeing that such a long period has lapsed since your family had discussed the matter, I would rather guess that this was only a mutual verbal agreement between the parties, and that the property has not been bequeathed to your father in terms of either you late grandfather or grandmother's will. Should this be the case, it is very well true that anything can happen to the house. However should the house still be registered in your late grandfather's name, it will have to be awarded in terms of his will, by his executor. Alternatively, should the property be in your grandmother's name, she will have to sign the Power of Attorney for transfer, for the property to be transferred to someone else's name. Should she in the mean time pass away, the property will have to be dealt with in terms of her will. Should you have proof that your father paid for improvements to the said property, you may lodge a claim against your grandfather or grandmother's estate for the amount of which the value of the property has increased as a result thereof, but a refund of the full amount is not always guaranteed.
As I do not have all the facts at hand I am not able to give you any clear cut answers. You are however, welcome to contact me, should you need any further advice on this matter.
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