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I am the executor of my grandmothers will. I have paid taxes…

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I am the executor of my grandmothers will. I have paid taxes on the house for 9 years. Tried to sell it, off and on, for years. Now a family member says they have a deed to the house(that is not registered). If they try to use the deed. Can I be reimbursed for the 9 years I have kept up the taxes?
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I'm sorry to hear about your situation. Yes, you would have a claim for reimbursement through a doctrine known as "unjust enrichment", which is an "equitable" claim. That means that it would be unfair if you were not to be paid back for benefiting this family member in the way that you did (certainly when the family member never made this known prior to now).

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