Do I have the same rights as my husband on life estate?

My husband died. His brother’s name on deed for life estate. Do I have the same rights?

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

A life estate grants the life tenant the right to live in the property for his lifetime. The other owner of the property is called the remainderman because he gets the remainder. Once the life tenant dies, the remainderman becomes a full owner of the property. If a remainderman owns the property in his own name and dies before the life tenant, the remainderman’s interest will be controlled by the remainderman’s will. If there is no will, then the state’s law of intestacy will control.

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