After my father passed away, his attorney sent a threatening letter to my elderly Mother (who had been divorced from my father for 25+ years) stating that she was responsible for back taxes on a piece of property in Pennsylvania. She signed a quick claim deed during the divorce, & her attorney committed suicide soon after. The state of Pennsylvania had never contacted her until after his death thanks to his attorney. Is she responsible for back taxes, even though she never received any copies of the quick claim deed she signed?
I recommend that you discuss this with a real estate attorney in Pennsylvania. Was the deed actually recorded? This should be in the public records and may influence the determination.
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The attorney with the threatening letter must present a legal basis for the claim. Chances are that there is none. A lawyer consult would be advisable. The information presented herein is for general purposes only. It is not intended to, and may not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. For specific advice, please consult a tax attorney in person. Good luck. Zaher Fallahi, Tax Attorney, CPA, MBA, MS.
Talk to a Pennsylvania attorney. A quit-claim deed should be effective, but if it were recorded that will be even better. Check the county recorder's office where the property is located to see if the deed was recorded. Do you have a copy of the deed?
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