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If the person who you have a contract with is not the owner, then the contract should be void because the person can't sell or legally transfer title to something that he/she doesn't own.
The taxes not being paid is not as big of a deal in terms of the validity of the transaction........usually, taxes are pro-rated for the year or the seller pays the taxes for the previous year in full. But, that is generally a matter of contract.....and if the contract is silent on the issue, the buyer could end up having to pay the tax debt to avoid the property being sold for land taxes.
However, if the seller isn't the owner, then the contract should be void and you should be able to cancel as a result......unless you can get the grandmother to sign a new contract with you.