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If you were given the right to live in the home rent free and only pay taxes in her will, then this is what is called a "life estate" and you would have the right to remain as long as you wanted to according the the bequest of the life estate in the will as long as you complied with the conditions.
So while son is the legal owner, you have the right to use and enjoyment of the property under the life estate until you pass or otherwise abandon the house, or don't fulfil the conditions of paying the taxes.
Unfortunately yes. Legally if the son didn't pay the mortgage and allowed the house to go into foreclosure, then yes, the life estate would lapse and be extinguished during any foreclosure sale.
But if you didn't pay the taxes, he could claim that you were in violation of the conditions of the life estate and move to terminate it through the court.
So it is something of a gamble to not pay the taxes if he isn't letting you know what is going on with the house..