Newburyport, MA asked in Real Estate Law for Massachusetts

Q: How can dead people own a house in Massachusetts?

A house on my street was owned by a husband and wife who died 20 years ago. Their estates have been closed by the Probate Court; however, according to the town assessor's office and the registry of deeds, the house is still owned by them.

(To comment on Mr. Avery's answer, the tax assessor's records and the registry of deeds show that the owners for the property are the two people who are deceased.)

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Anthony M. Avery
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A: The Heirs of the Survivor of the Deeded Grantees probably own it as Tenants in Common. You may want to search the Title and check on the Taxes.

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