Claim to land seized by government and auctioned?

About 19 years ago my family bought a property that was auctioned because the owners died and I believe they did not have a will, however they had 7+ kids and some of them were minors and either they couldn’t agree who would get ownership or something so they were forced to auction it so the money from the auction was supposed to be split between the heirs.

We sold this property to a friend of ours and now this week one of the heirs is claiming that they did not sign something(?) or approve of the house being auctioned 19 years ago so he is saying he can get the land back and has a lawyer and he thinks he has a right to it.

Now we haven’t heard from his lawyer and we bought it and everything and the land has been in our name for the past 19 years and he never said anything, but now that we’ve sold it he’s saying he has a right to it, so does this this guy even have a legit claim? I couldn’t find anything on google regarding this type of situation. Thanks!

4 Responses to “Claim to land seized by government and auctioned?”

  1. Gulcherboy Says:

    Ignoring him sounds like good advice but just in case you find yourself being served with notice of a civil lawsuit, remember this word: Laches. Legally, it is negligence or undue delay in asserting a legal right or privilege. In layman’s terms, it means the claim is so old the court should not consider it and because of the extreme delay involved, you lack the ability to mount an effective defense to the claim. Maybe the people behind the sale 19 years ago have died, maybe they forgot that particular transaction, almost certainly paperwork involved has been lost, misplaced or destroyed. Any of these would inhibit your ability to mount an effective defense to his claim. The court can dismiss his claim because of this.

  2. Telemachus Bottom Says:

    His claim is dubious, but no one can tell you for sure that it is illigitimate without a lot more facts, including the state whose law applies.

    In many states, even if his claim were good, you’d have taken the land by adverse possession.

  3. hdhayes60 Says:

    He has no legal claim. Ignore his threats. Notify the police if he continues.

  4. Irv S Says:

    Any claim he has is against the Government or Agency administering the sale,
    not you.
    In any event he could only claim partial title, and even that’s murky.