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    Post County Tax Sale of a Life Estate Interest in the Property

    My question involves real estate located in the State of: South Carolina

    When a county sales a property that has a life estate deed at the tax sale. The remaidermen or life tenat does not redeem the property for the taxes owed. Does the county deed only the interest of the life estate as the person who purchase the property at the tax sale gets ownership for the period until the person passes away where the remaindermen could reclaim the property? or if the person already pass away, does this mean that the purcahaser would have the interest of the remaindermen? In the case with one property, the person has already pass away in 1999 where the deed is the life estate indicating that the wife would be the remaidermen. Since the county has listed as the John Life Estate, would this make it invalid due to not putting the wife name? When John Life Estate is used, does that mean anyone who has interest in the property have been properly notified?

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    Default Re: County Tax Sale of a Life Estate Interest in the Property

    the county gets full title to the property regardless of the status of the life tenant or remaindermen.

    The tax is applied to the property, not any particular owner or holder of interest. The state presumes that whomever is liable for the taxes will correct the tax records and make sure the proper person is notified. It is not the states obligation to ensure the intended name is on the tax bills.

    Heck, at my house I get notices mailed to "occupant"

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