How can I have sole ownership on my deceased mother’s heir property if I choose to pay the tax lien amount in full?

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How can I have sole ownership on my deceased mother’s heir property if I choose to pay the tax lien amount in full?

I have 4 siblings who are ignoring my requests to pool together and pay it, $5500. I feel that if I pay the lien amount, the property should belong to me.

Asked on January 19, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, unfortunately, paying the lien will NOT give you sole ownership: paying an expense for inherited property does not change ownership. At most, it will give you a reasonable claim to seek reimbursement of the amount you pay from either estate funds (i.e. estate bank accounts--if any) or from the proceeds of the sale of the property if/when it is sold (i.e. for you to be reimbursed the $5,500 before the remaining proceeds are divided among those who inherited).


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