My parents jointly owned their Tennessee home. My father passed 4/2013 without a will. My mother lived with me from 7/2013 - 3/2017. My parents participated in the Medicaid waiver program in Tennessee. My mother participated in the Medicaid waiver program in Georgia until 3/31/2017. She entered a nursing home in Georgia on 4/3/2017 - 6/17/2017. Her Tennessee home was listed with a realtor for almost 2 years without a potential buyer. My mother passed on 7/23/2017 and miraculously a buyer put a contract in the home $15k 2 days after her death. I was distraught and emotionally distressed when this contract was presented. I blindly signed the contract after feeling pressured to act quickly although I was deeply involved in planning my mother's funeral. Granted I understand ignorance of the law is no excuse but I came to my senses a few days before closing and told my realtor I did not want to sell the house (closing date was set for 8/11/2017 pending receipt of death certificate). There were many areas of the contract I didn't understand. Contract listed my mother and myself as sellers and funds were to be held in escrow by a title insurance company for 6 months to a year to allow for claims from creditors. I don't know and didn't know if I could legally sell the house. The buyer accepted her earnest money back but want me to pay her in excess of $1200 for expenses and breach of contract. Also $600 of this amount is for fee for expediting the buyer's loan. My questions are:
1) can I actually sell the home as sole heir when my name is not on the deed and the deed is in both my parents name?
2) does not having the death certificate play a role in selling the home?
3) does buyer still have a binding contract after accepting her earnest back?
4) can I be forced to sell the home?
5) how or what impact will Medicaid estate recovery play in potential sale of this home.