Allison Park, PA asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Late father's property was sold at sheriff's sale. Now purchaser is offering $$ to sign quitclaim?

My estranged father died in 2014, leaving behind a property in Pennsylvania, which apparently had a lien on it for back taxes to the tune of about $11k. In 2022, I was given notice by the sheriff that this property would be sold at auction, should I be interested. I wasn't, and I figured that was the end of it. I was then contacted, out of the blue, by the party who purchased the property, stating that, "the inheritance tax must be paid," etc etc, and that, they want to pay me $500 to sign a notarized quitclaim deed, "releasing you [me] from your interest in the property" promising to pay the liens and such. I have no intention of signing anything, but I want to make sure I'm not leaving myself open to a lawsuit down the road, or putting myself on the hook inadvertently by not signing.

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