B.A., International Relations, James Madison College, Michigan State University. J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1986. Practice concentrated in bankruptcy, commercial law, business law, workouts, real estate and complex situations.
A: By real, you must mean effective. Find out which deed was recorded with the register of deeds. That will provide a partial answer, but we need more information in order to determine the state of title to the property.
A: The renewal provision is probably enforceable.
If the hauler is not performing in accordance with the contract, notify it in writing of the deficiency. Perhaps you can terminate the contract if the deficiency is not cured. Without a copy of the contract, I am at a disadvantage in trying to identify your options.
A: If your brother was the joint tenant of the house with your father, he acquired sole title upon your father's death and would be within his rights to exclude others. However, if your father was the sole owner of the house, and died intestate (meaning without a will), then his children, assuming he had no wife, would be the heirs and your brother would not be entitled to keep the house. There are not enough facts here to determine whether the police should be called. You should see an attorney to identify your rights and determine what to do.