How can we resolve this real estate tax situation? 9 Answers as of August 10, 2011My step-father passed away about 4 years ago, leaving my mother with a real estate mess. When his parents passed away, he and his brother inherited their property. The brother never paid a dime toward the taxes, my mother and step-father did. When my step-father died, my mother continued to pay on the taxes for a couple years but has since stopped, being of the opinion that the brother should be the one responsible for them. She has no desire to have the property. How do we go about getting this out of her hands?
Burnham & Associates | Stephanie K. Burnham
A lot of this depends on what you want to do with the property. Interesting enough, the property itself is obligated to pay the taxes. People who own the property pay the taxes because they want to keep the property, otherwise, tax sale will result in the property going to auction. You should check with an attorney to ensure your mothers interests are protected.
Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
Mankus & Marchan, LTD | Tony Mankus
Based on the information you provided, you mother is not legally responsible for the real estate taxes on the property, your stepfather's brother is. If the real estate taxes are not paid, the property will be sold for taxes by the County. If they are not redeemed withing a certain time limit, title to the property will pass to the tax purchaser after notice and hearing.
Answer Applies to: Illinois