I have paid taxes and upkeep on property for ten years. Can i claim this property

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I have paid taxes and upkeep on property for ten years. Can i claim this property

owner passed with will to 5 children all have passed and I am the spouse of the last child to die

Asked on March 13, 2019 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, paying costs or taxes for property does not give you any ownership right to it. You chose for whatever reason to voluntarily pay amounts which, if you were not the property owner, you were not responsible or liable for; having chosen to voluntarily pay those amounts, you cannot use your own choice to take over ownership of the property.


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