I bought a house. We put on the deed that I bought it for a dollar. In all actuality I paid probably close to 10 grand. I now received a letter in the mail from an attorney saying that they are going to take my property because the guy who sold me the house died and owed money to the state dhs. I called the state estate department and she told me that if is show up in court without a lawyer I automatically lose. Can they even try to take my house when I bought it and the deed is in my name? This makes no sense to me. To me it seems like the previous owner died and now the state is worried that they wont get any money so they are trying to come after me. We only put 1 dollar on there because the guy got social security and didn't want to loose his benefits. The estate lady is saying that it was illegal because he sold it for less than market value. When i did the title search there were no liens on it or anything. So why would it matter how much he sold it to me for if he owned it outright?
Run, don't walk, to the nearest real estate attorney's office with all the documents from your purchase of the house AND the documents you got from the State of Oregon. Good luck!!
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If home was fraudulently transferred to you to avoid benefits disqualification, the transfer may be cancelled.
Immediately review facts and title with estate planning counsel.
Yes, they can likely try to take your home and DO NOT repeat your story about the $1 in order to have the seller not lose his government benefits. That is arguably admitting to conspiring to defraud the government and may be criminal. Regardless, it sounds as if the seller owed the government money (at least upon dying, if not before). If the record shows he sold the house to you for substantially under the market value, then "selling" the house for less than market value means that the government was defrauded and prevented from collecting what he owed them by virtue of the fact that the seller didn't (in theory anyway) get assets for the property and if he did not get them, then the government could not collect them from him to satisfy his debt. Bottom line is there may or may not be criminal behavior here but regardless, you are potentially able to lose your home. As Ms. Gruber said, RUN, don't walk, to see a local attorney and don't talk about it with anyone BUT an attorney for your own welfare. Good luck.
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