I have to commend you for your good work. Keep it up. But I have a very serious problem concerning my late fathers land which is supposed to be shared between my brother and I since we are the only surviving sons of my late father.
My father died about a week ago from stroke and we just discovered he didn’t leave behind a written will. And now, my mum is seriously ill from this loss. All of a sudden, my brother and his wife want to convert the whole lands of my late father for themselves and their family. He keeps saying s–t like, ‘You’re just 20 years old, you can’t manage or own a land at this age. You’re still a child.’
I don’t want to lose my inheritance just because my greedy brother and his wife think I’m still a child. Please what do I do? Or am I really a child in matters like this?”
I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s never an easy thing to cope with no matter when it happens. Thank you for commending me too. I appreciate it a lot.
To answer your question; No, you are not a child! At least not in the eyes of the law. The minimum age to be able to deal with land and land transactions in Nigeria is 18 years.
That aside, since your father died intestate (that is; without a will), your mother should apply to get a letter of administration from a court. Though since he died about a week ago, she can’t apply for this letter until 14 days have elapsed (that’s the law, sorry). At least, with that letter of administration, your late father’s land will not be converted by your brother alone but shared amongst your father’s surviving children and your mother. Stay strong and don’t dull on this issue or else you will lose millions of Naira! Hmm!
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