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Asked on: 4/08/13, 4:27 pm

My brother and I were listed as co-trustees for our mother's trust. He lives 100 miles away and stated from the day our mother died 1 year 3 months ago) that I could buy him out of his share of my mother's house for $10,000. The other options he gave were for to let the home go into foreclosure (reverse mortgage), or attempt to sell the home, but we have to go with a realtor of his choosing, but he refuses to be involved with any expense of cleaning or prepping of the house, or to be involved with showing/selling of the house. This is where we reached an impasse. I have a real problem with the realtor he is insisting upon (poor communication, disrespectful to myself and family...), and he refuses to meet or talk to the realtor I trust and can work with. I am the only one doing anything to maintain the house and try to sell it. The stated point of the trust and naming us co-trustees was that she wanted us to finally work on something together and emerge with a better relationship. I have sent two letters demanding that he work with me or relinquish his co-executor status. The first I waited 30 days without response, the second he restated that I could have bought him out for $10,000 (although there was no way I could get the money). How do I have him removed as a co-executor before the home is foreclosed upon?

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