Lien on property with summons

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Lien on property with summons

my son has a property he hasn’t paid taxes on
for 4 yrs. No has a summons with a lien on it.
Has to report to court. If he pays all taxes
and fees can he keep the property?
What dies he need for court?
Thx

Asked on August 8, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Not seeing the summons, etc. to which you refer, we cannot provide a 100% definitive answer about your son's specific case. That said, as a general matter, when you get a summons in a court case involving a failure to pay property taxes and a tax lien, the court case is your chance to either 1) pay all amounts (including late fees as well as back taxes), which is what the government really wants, anyway--they want their money, not the property; or 2) to prove that the case was brought in error--for example, that you paid all amounts due, but they failed to properly credit them. If you can't pay or prove the case wrong, you can and likely will lose the property; but if you do pay everything due, you should be able to keep it.


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