Serving Waukegan, Libertyville, Lake County, Gurnee & nearby areas of Illinois
Posted: September 10, 2010
We recently obtained a successful outcome from the Second District Appellate Court on behalf of a property owner who was in danger of losing his home due to non-payment of real estate taxes. Our client had inherited his interest in the property from a deceased parent. Due to financial difficulties and a dispute with another heir, the real estate taxes went unpaid and were sold to a professional investment company. When that company sought to take ownership of the property through the courts, we objected on the grounds that the proper legal notices had not been given and that all the proper parties had not been served with notice of the proceedings. The trial court overruled our objections and ordered our client to vacate the premises. On appeal, the Second District accepted our legal arguments and created new precedent holding that all known heirs of a decedent’s estate are entitled to notice of a tax deed proceeding if the estate still holds title to the real estate.