Answer: Not really enough information to try to answer. It sounds like youmay need to go to court and petition for a Guardianship over theNiece (and possibly) your Aunt as well. Try contacting your localDept. of Social Services to see if they can give you some advice onhow to handle this situation.
Answer: You can get legal custody over him if he is a minor in need of a legal custodian, if you are a responsible adult, and if a court agrees that you are the most suitable person to be custodian. this would be regardless of your living arrangements, as long as they are considered to be suitable for your half-brother.
Answer: Certainly! This woman is nuts and would probably harm the child as well . there have been cases of (Mother and Child) out the window suicides! Yecch. The (Mother) belongs in a mental hospital or something like that at least for evaluation.
Answer: I am assuming the father is still living? In any event, a life insurance policy is not a probate asset, meaning that it does not pass in the will (exception being certain trusts). The insurance policy is a contract, and passed by operation of law.
Answer: Anyone can "baptize" anyone with or without their permission or the permission of any relative (some churches baptize everyone not in their faith to their faith) - the question becomes so what:
Without the permission of a legal guardian it is a form of bullying
Without the permission of the baptized party is is similar to entering someone else into contract without their agreement
It has no standing in law - no baptism does
It does not influence the life of the baptized party
Answer: It depends on the law in your country (you do not say which country you live in). Normally however a loan on a house is down to the INDIVIDUAL and if your mother is not on the deed or mortgage then she would not be responsible. If he were to die any money owing on the second house (after it was sold) would be out of any money he had in his estate. However, please note that any interest he has in the FIRST house would form part of that estate!
Normally loans on houses are covered by life insurances to avoid problems like this.
Answer: No. This is the hirearchy in the usual situation for custody rights for a minor (child under 18 years of age), but there are exceptions (abusive family, etc.)ParentsThe Parents immediate family (excepting children)Adopted Guardians, or a sibling over the age of 18See: Discussion page.