November 22, 2017

Unpaid Taxes – Can I Lose My Home?

Could a $6.30 unpaid tax result in the loss of your home?

A Pennsylvania county judge has again ruled against widow Eileen Battisti of Aliquippa, who lost her home because of an unpaid $6.30 interest charge, which was incurred by paying school taxes late.

Beaver County Common Pleas Judge Gus Kwidis ruled that Mrs. Battisti was properly notified about the September 2011 tax sale of her home. The home sold at auction for $116,000, but was valued at about $280,000. The decision last month followed an evidentiary hearing, which last April overturned his earlier ruling upholding the sale.

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When Mrs. Battisti’s husband died, she was left to deal with the household finances and taxes, which Mr. Battisti had previously handled on his own. Although she paid off their mortgage with life insurance money, she fell behind on property taxes. Staying aware of your financial situations, including tax responsibility and what will happen legally if your spouse passes away before you, is crucial. Estate planning as a couple can help you to retain your quality of life in the event of a spouse’s death.

Probate and Estate Administration

If you have been named the executor or administrator of an estate, you now have a legal duty to that estate’s heirs and beneficiaries. You can be held personally liable for errors and underpayments in the estate. By working with a Pennsylvania probate attorney at Halligan & Keaton, you will have the guidance and support of experienced legal professionals on your side.

Contact a Media, Pennsylvania, Probate Attorney

We can handle every aspect of Pennsylvania probate, from filing tax forms to handling the sale of a home. This full-service approach is particularly helpful for out-of-state executors responsible for the disposal of an ancillary estate.

Are you worried that conflicts among beneficiaries may make it difficult to probate the estate? Probate attorney Bill Halligan has mediated hundreds of probate conflicts.

Contact our Media, Pennsylvania, law office to schedule a free initial consultation, or call 610-566-6030.