Punxsutawney, PA asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Is it legal for a legal guardian of a person with dementia to sell her property even if she is still alive?

The person with dementia lives in a carehome. Her son who lives in the house that she owns was not paying the property tax for 3years, the tax bureau was ready to auction the house due to unpaid taxes. When the legal guardian found out about it, she immediately called the tax bureau and paid the 1st year tax (but the 2yrs tax can be paid until next year) to prevent the property from being sold. She then informed the son of the person with dementia that tax is paid but they will give him a week to repay them or else they will sell the property. Since the legal guardian handles the payment of the life insurance of the person with dementia and other finances. My question is why was she not paying the taxes of the property?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Good question.Maybe son was expected to pay as "rent" on the property?

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