Austin, TX asked in Probate for Oklahoma

Q: We children inherited our parents home upon the death of our father. His second wife has homestead rights.

Do we as owners of the house pay the property tax and insurance or does our step mother who will remain in the home?

There is no mortgage on the home. The house is in Oklahoma.

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Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: You may look into the will/trust that passed the home to you. But if she was granted rights to be there your failure to pay the taxes would in essence force her to move and therefore not allowed. You as the property owners are responsible for the taxes to be paid. -furthermore, even if the will/trust says she pays them if she doesn’t the tax assessor will be coming to you to collect it as the owners.

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