The Estate pays. Consult a Trusts and Estates lawyer to see if it there are grounds to contest the will.
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Generally the estate pays prior to distribution of the land. Consult an independent attorney in the state to review the documents and deed and advise you as to procedure.
Generally the estate pays during the period of estate settlement. I agree with counsel, consult with an attorney in a confidential setting with regard to a will contest.
If the probate is still pending, any party with standing can petition the Surrogate's Court to become a fiduciary with limited powers - either a Temporary Administrator or a Preliminary Executor, depending upon the local rules. Once appointed, the fiduciary can collect certain liquid assets of the Estate and use them to pay the property taxes - and other expenses, in some instances.
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