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Case No. 21-1965

In the Matter of the Estate of James Anthony Goforth, Deceased.

Karen Goforth, Appellant,


Corrie Mayne Goforth and Jonah James Goforth, Appellees.

Attorney for Appellant

Lylea Critelli and Nick Critelli

Samuel H. Braland

Eric F. Turner

Attorney for Appellees

Jane E. Rosien

Richard O. McConville

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 20, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Madison County, Elisabeth S. Reynoldson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by May, P.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by May, P.J.  (6 pages)

            The administrator of an estate appeals a declaratory judgment ruling.  OPINION HOLDS: Under the Iowa Code (2018), a surviving spouse may not force the other heirs to pay off a mortgage on the homestead property from their inherited share so that the surviving spouse can receive free and clear title to the homestead.

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