DEAR BENNY: When my dad and stepmother got married they moved to Florida and bought a home together. Because there are children on both sides, they had a prenuptial agreement drawn up that states the home would be divided equally between the children when they both were gone. Sadly, my dad passed away recently, and we were just told that Florida law states that the deed to the house automatically goes into the surviving spouse’s name. We were told that my stepmother owns the house now and we are out of luck.

She and her family do not intend to honor the prenuptial agreement and, according to the lawyer handling the estate, we have no recourse. My question is would the prenuptial agreement take over when my stepmother passes? What happens if she sells the house, buys another and puts the new house in her family’s name? –Mike

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