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You would need to pay the fee for the condo now, since the condo passes to you now, even though she has right to use the condo, called a life estate. So you have what is called "naked ownership" and she has a life estate (to use and collect rents on it and pay expenses) but the transfer occurs now in this probate where you are listed as owners on the deed and she is listed as a life estate owner on the deed, meaning she cannot sell or encumber the condo, she can live in it and benefit from the fruits of the condo (the rents) and must pay any expenses of maintenance and taxes until such time she wants to surrender the life estate or she dies.