Q: Can I pay my late grandmothers property taxes to take ownership in three years of her house?
My grandmother passed away last year, and the house was left to her three children. I have no contact with my dad, aunt or uncle. I lived with her for three years and continued to live there after her passing. She has delinquent taxes as of 2021. I was inquiring about paying these taxes. Would I be able to pay the property taxes, and fight for owner ship in three years if the money is not repayed to me? The house is located in Gretna, Louisiana.
A: This is not as easy as just paying the delinquent taxes, but you can attempt to do so however there are a number of specific steps you have to take in order to (eventually) obtain clear title to the property. I would recommend that you contact a real estate attorney in your area and set up a consultation with the attorney for the express purpose of obtaining the procedure and how to accomplish this. You may also want to contact the local tax assessor office and ask the same question. This way you know what you are facing over the next 3-4 years as well as the estimated costs.
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