Frisco, TX asked in Real Estate Law for California

Q: a friend of mine past away 15 years ago, and I have been paying the property taxes on her home since. what are my rights

I thought I was the executor of her will, but I found out it was never recorded, she has no family. what should I do.

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Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
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  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Start an quiet tittle case, continue living in the property, openly but discreetly, place signs like do not enter, private property, hand a sign on the porch: the residence of [ your name____] and change all the utilities to your name. Build a fence and protect against al for any unauthorized entry to the property. watch out for easements and Continue paying the taxes and never rent to anyone. If you know of any possible heirs you may have to contend with some litigation but , I think you are clear to call a lawyer to do it for you. Best of luck.

George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq.
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  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Who is occupying the property?

What other assets did she have and what happened to them?

Was a probate court proceeding ever opened for her?

Everyone has heirs someplace even if its not a child or spouse.

Its possible you might or could possibly have a claim to title of the property but you need legal advice from a competent real estate attrney!!

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