Brian Smith declined to comment.
Neighbors, however, said they saw no for-sale sign, no visits by prospective buyers or any other evidence that the property had been on the market.
Chavis gave the court a document consenting to the sale, purportedly signed by Vatie L. Rogers, identified as Helen Smith's cousin and heir. Chavis provided Rogers' address in South Los Angeles.
Contacted by The Times, Rogers, 73, said she did not know Chavis or Helen Smith and knew nothing about the Denver Avenue house.
Shown a copy of the consent form, she said: "That's not my handwriting, and I never signed that paper."
Rogers, a retired nurse, was puzzled as to how her name had turned up in connection with the sale. Then she remembered having signed up for a Red Cross first-aid class at a Baptist church.
The instructor was Anne Chavis.
'It Was Miserable'
Gregory Maynus was a Marine at Camp Pendleton in the late 1970s when he began hearing voices.
Diagnosed with schizophrenia, he was living on a disability pension in San Bernardino in 1996 when Chavis knocked on his door and said the VA wanted her to become his conservator.
"We talked about Jesus Christ," he recalled. "We did pray together."
Chavis moved Maynus from his apartment to a run-down two-story boarding house on West 37th Street in South Los Angeles. It was called At My Home.
Verlene Cameron, who runs the facility with her mother, said in an interview that Chavis helped her set it up and taught her to recruit disabled veterans.
Chavis also served as administrator of the home during a period when Cameron lacked the necessary credentials.
Maynus' room cost him $1,300 a month, three times what he had been paying in San Bernardino.
He complained that Chavis neglected his needs and begrudged him his own money, providing a living allowance of just $10 a day.
Having lost his spleen to cancer, he needed regular checkups at the VA hospital in Loma Linda. In a sworn court declaration, he said he missed several appointments with his oncologist because Chavis wouldn't give him bus fare.
Maynus also wanted to see his seven children, who were in San Bernardino, 60 miles away. Chavis refused to let him move back or buy a car so he could visit them, he said.