What to do if my grandmother left a Will that left her property to her 8 grandchildren but nothing has been done with her property?

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What to do if my grandmother left a Will that left her property to her 8 grandchildren but nothing has been done with her property?

It is delinquent in taxes by over $4,000. I would like to fix the property up and live on it. In doing this I would need to know how I can become sole owner of the property as addresses for 4 of the 8 grandchildren are unknown to anyone in the family. Is there any way to get around this so that the house isn’t sold for delinquent taxes and I can acquire the property as mine and mine alone?

Asked on May 1, 2013 under Estate Planning, North Carolina

Answers:

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The probate court has procedures for locating the missing heirs, and a local probate attorney will know what to do. Once probate has been opened, you would buy the property from your grandmother's estate.

Another strategy would be to let the property be sold for delinquent taxes, and then buy the property at the auction. However, if you do it this way, your cousins (the other 7 heirs) might feel that you are cheating them out of an inheritance.


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