New Port Richey, FL asked in Real Estate Law and Banking for Florida

Q: Is a bank allowed to foreclose on property that was gifted to someone in a will?

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Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
  • Business Law Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Suppose these are the facts: Joe owns a house and has a mortgage on it. He devises the house to Sam, his friend, in his Will. Joe dies, Sam takes possession of the house. The mortgage is not paid. The bank can absolutely foreclose on the house but cannot hold Sam personally responsible for the debt.

Jane Kim , Terrence H Thorgaard and Barbara Billiot Stage agree with this answer

A: Yes, if there is a mortgage, you take it subject to the mortgage.

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