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the family farm trust stated that the farm should not be split anyone will to live there and continue be the custodian of trust staying on the family farm and caring for my elderly mother was what i wanted to do my other sibling lives across the state and never came to even give me a break if i were to need one after daddy passed my sister came and ask for money...my mother told her that there was no money however if she wanted to come and live on the farm she could build her a house anywhere but other wise the farm stayed in the family and there was no other money......her trust was quite clear on this as well .....after mother passed my sister took my older brother living on the farm as well to court we have been getting gas royalties for some time at any rate she took us to court after she never once came to talk over divisions of royalties amounts etc however my brother who was vietnam vet as well has now passed but when she took us to court he stated that the cows belonged to him and not the farm which was a surprize to me as expenses are much greater and i had cosigned on several of the expenses occurred......but the court ruled that my brother and i owed back pay since the cows owner was not the farm......i've been living on the farm since before mother passed and still here have been battling cancer and the loss of our brother which my sister didn't even acknowledge but she gained control after the cow ownership question ruled that we owed her backpay.........;so she moved the moneys out of town and has not been considerate enough to allow an accounting of moneys ( note: of course we are filing appeal and now that i alone live on farm and battling cancer and penniless because of her shutting me out.......am waiting on the first court ruling before my appeal that my brother and i certrainly were going to........how can this be legal we paid attorney alot of money to represent us no i have none and my sister sent me an impossibe least agreemnet to stay in the old homeplace house on new years ever........requires me to sign an impossible to met conditions on leasing the house as welll as keeps me off the farm, to hunt or fish or get more that 30 feet from the house.;....the trust is quite clear as to my moms intend on whomever stays on the farm has control interest ........with the loss of brother and illness i just need to know what i can do while waiting for appeal process as she cut off all income from royalties more than 14 months ago......i never took any lump sums the moneys just stayed in account for keeping up farm now even i am starving on the family farm that my mother always wanted to feed her heirs for yeears to come what can be done......can she make me sign a lease is that legal.....no way can i met its deposit or rules cant burn a candle is just one of the many petty things.....i am 58 years old and have always lived within miles of mom and dad in case of need.....my sister never came home except for holidays or to ask for money......and that is the fact ....am i gonna have to move?

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Another issue is that of the gas royalties, who the recipients are, and how title is vested for the land as well as the collateral required to keep it as a going business.
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I agree with CWillie; I couldn't follow the issues - there were too many personal comments that don't relate to the legal issues, and too much missing information, such as that of the trust, whether or not there's a mortgage on the farm, which is relevant because the cattle might have been pledged as collateral (I worked on one case in which horses were collateral for a loan).

In addition, a condition in a trust that whoever lives on the farm could be "custodian" of the trust. Do you mean custodian and manager of the farm, which presumably is a going concern and producing revenue, or trustee of the trust? If the latter, trusts are usually structured very specifically in terms of who will be initial and successor trustee. A "whoever lives there" trustee sounds like a very unusual and perhaps unworkable plan.

Perhaps you could sit down, separate all the personal issues and just deal with the factual issues, and post again.
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I found your story rather confusing,I sympathize, but this seems to be a very complex legal problem and I doubt anyone her on the forum has the expertise to help you.
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Livestock as you see is debatable, and so are mineral rights. A lot will depend on WHO signed the gas lease. Do not sign the lease, insist on going to court. Hopefully the Judge will appoint an independent trustee. You may owe her for the livestock, but you have the right to counter claim for feeding and caring for the animals. Dig out all your financial records, especially the things you paid for and cosigned for.
If you are battling cancer, look into getting onto Medicare and SSDI.
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