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owner of property died with no heirs or wills

owner of property dies with no heirs or will, what happens to the
property and how could i go about obtaining ownership of property? the
property does have one tax lein from the water dept. and the property
taxes are behind a few years. what can be done and the steps to take?

Asked on November 14, 2017 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Generally a Public Administrator has to be appointed in these type of cases and the Estate passes to the State of Florida if there are no heirs.  It is called "escheats" to the State. The properties are then sold and the funds are depositied in to the State School Fund. There is a 10 year Statute of Limitations for an heir to make a claim of entitlement.  If you want this property I suggest you seek out the help of a savvy estate attorney to help you. Good luck.


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