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Johnson v. Wayne S. Hansen Trust

Johnson v. Wayne S. Hansen Trust, 2016 MT 46 (March 1, 2016), amended and superseded on rehearing (May 3, 2016) (Rice, J.) (5-0, aff’d)

Issue: (1) Whether the district court erred by granting summary judgment to Johnson and declaring the tax deeds void; and (2) whether the district court erred in determining the final amount due to the Trust as purchaser of the tax liens.

Short Answer: (1) No, and (2) no.


Facts: Johnson owned three parcels of real property in Powell County, valued collectively for tax purposes at $260,478. After Johnson failed to pay the property taxes over several years, the Trust purchased tax deeds to the properties in December 2012. The Trust filed quiet title actions for the three properties in March 2013, and Johnson responded by filing his own quiet title actions, alleging the tax deeds issued to the Trust violated statutory procedures and should be set aside.…