Back from PA and mostly caught up on what needed caught up on.
There was no will. To do anything with the estate, for lack of a better term, requires a will, but since there is noe, we have to probate one. One of my cousins volunteered to probate the will and act as executor for the purpose of demolitioning the house. The taxes were up to date and we had the county come out and re-asses the propertys value. It went from 10,500 to 500. Yes, that bad. The house is not so much as condemed as we will jot allow anyone to live in it. The sole brother that was living there is being put up by his church until he can get his own place. The dogs my mother had, but neglected went to Blue Chip farm animal rescue and are available for adoption.
The problem now comes doen to clean up, clean out and demolition. Nothing more can be down until the probate process is finished. The lone sister who has nothing to do with us might not sign the papers surrendering claim, just because she has nothing to do with us. If not signed within 30 days of notice, its the same thing as signing them, just takes longer. We had a contractor come look at the house. He believed he might be able to salvage it. However, the roof is giving way, so now there is extensive water damage to the south side. The west side is covered in wisteria. So much that its causing structural damage. Add to all this the lack of maitenance, accumulation of tradh, rodents, and waste, human and animal, its too far gone. Compounding the demolition is that the siding is asbestos shingles.
I still have the gofundme going, but geared towards dealing with the costs for the cleaning and demolition. If you can give, please do. If not, please share.