I recently went to a tax sale to familiarize myself. Prior to the sale I walked some streets and searched the deeds of the properties I liked. A few of the houses I am interested in were not bid on at the sale and the owners are deceased. The tried locating the heir of the estates but have come up with nothing. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Any help would be greatly appreciated
I was a little unsure of your question, but see if this helps!
One thing we know for sure, who ever is paying the taxes is the owner. Your county does not have a great website with all the online tools they should have, so you may need to do it OLD school and call them or go down there!
Go to your counties vital statistics dept. and request a copy of the death certificate. Whomever filled it out (relative, close-friend, etc.,) will be your first point of contact..
When you speak with the heirs you want to learn who is the executor or administrator of the estate.
That is the person probate court tasked with the responsibility to settle the estate. That person could be one of the heirs, a trusted friend of the deceased, an attorney, etc. The Executor/Administrator is who you need to id.
Certainly speak to the heirs to see if they want to keep the property or not. Try to let them do most of the talking. It's amazing how much you'll learn.
If probate has already been initiated how far along in the process has the estate gone? Is one of the questions you should ask only if probate hasn't started.
Seems to me after reading your post's the probate action is going to have to start.
In CA probate usually lasts from 8-12 months if everything goes smoothly.
@Mark Pedroza this weekend when I meet with them I'm hoping to find that information out. Thank you for your help! If you have any questions constructions related don't hesitate I'd be happy to help any way I can. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!
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