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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: I'm looking for low income lawyer to help me. My father passed in September and his widow will not give me keys

There has been no will produced.

Can you help me with a lawyer ??

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jan 6, 2022

Keys to what? A house, a car, a safe, a boat, a crypto-currency account? Is the item you want keys to yours, or was it your father's? If there's no will, you need to look at the rules of intestate succession to determine who has rights to what property. In order to take any action on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Defense for Texas on
Q: If I drive a vehicle that doesn't have insurance on it can I still be held financially responsible for the vehicle

Vehicle is not mine and not registered to me

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jan 6, 2022

You're always responsible for accidents you cause, no matter whose vehicle it is. You need your own insurance.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Memorandum and the monroe doctrine proves I am heir to the Louisiana territory and gulf of Mexico . Right?

I am Robert Allen clark II my great great great grandfather was red cloud rev john clark and I'm crazy horse II .is that enough proof ?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 16, 2021

The short answer is no. Being related to someone in the past is not at all sufficient to show your ownership of any property. For example, I'm related to my grandmother, but I certainly do not own the house she used to own before she died.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Hi my friend had my 4 wheeler & one night his landlord changed locks & is holding my 4 wheeler as ransom until he pays

My friend’s landlord is holding my 4 wheeler & other items until he pay for breaking lease. Can he hold my property??

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 16, 2021

No, the landlord has no authority to hold property belonging to someone else. Go show him whatever documents you have showing that the 4 wheeler belongs to you, and pick it up. If he won't release it, you can sue for conversion - small claims court will have jurisdiction over claims of less... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Texas on
Q: Mentor and breached contracts.

I had a mentor that would have me sign contract with “businesses” that were really not real. Not only were they not real but I was paying him upwards of 4000 a month to him. $300 was legitimate as he would meet with me as a mentor. I however have a contract through him with his parents who i... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 16, 2021

It sounds like you have multiple contracts with this person, and he has multiple assumed names (the business names on the contracts.) If you are not receiving the services you contracted for, you may be due a refund.

As to the car, it's impossible to tell from your description...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Landlord - Tenant and Probate for Texas on
Q: Harris County TX.non-relative squatting in Deceased Parents house.How can I kick him out & Charge back rent?

Mother died 2019. No will or executor of the estate.

I started Probate (June 2020) on her estate because of the obvious fraud and concealment taking place by Stepdad.

Stepdad died in August 2021. So far the probate has gone nowhere, because the attorney I hired was either... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 16, 2021

The status of the probate case is not clear, but before anyone can do anything with the house, two things have to happen: 1) There must be someone appointed to represent the estate - if there's no will, that means you need an administrator appointed. 2) The administrator would have the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: landlord says I did not pay rent, I have the M Order receipts I gave him, additionally Im beneficiary of a fed program

of rent relief which covered 8 months, plus 7.5 months I paid, LLrd refuses to provide one single receipt. He is using dubious accounting practices. bottom line all included I must have covered about 15 months of rent & wants me to start paying again in January 2022, lease is expired and he did... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 14, 2021

You should Always keep your own records. If you think the landlord is not going to credit all your payments, that's a really good reason to start gathering your own records.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Is it standard for a landlord to raise the deposit when the lease is being renewed

Yes their are repairs that need to be done..but i feel those are thing the landlord should fox like the water does not come out the tub or sink in 1 bathroom and the ceiling fan in the living room went out and these things have been broken for years

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 14, 2021

Most won't do it, but renewing a lease is entering into a new contract. With a new contract, everything is up for negotiation. Of course, the deposit does not apply to the repairs; it applies to cover damage to the property by the tenant.

Look here for a detailed description of how...
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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Texas on
Q: Judge gave me a set aside for homestead as surviving spouse. No kids and an old will all goes to A&M. What am I to pay?

Everything that I have read shows that I have to pay taxes and upkeep on home. The home has no mortgage. I am being told that I have to pay homeowner's insurance. What is the truth? This is in Texas

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 14, 2021

It sounds like you have a life estate. Life tenants must maintain the house, which should include an insurance policy to protect the remaindermen in the event that the house is damaged. If there was a fire, for example, you'd be responsible to pay for the damages. An insurance policy is cheaper.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Texas on
Q: Does verbal abuse and severely low mental health of a child get the child removed?

My father is horrible. I am 16 years old, my mom passed when i was 10. I love my father i have to, but i cannot stand his verbal abuse. He does so much for me, but i am breaking as a person everyday. I have a sister who is financially stable and she would let me come over anytime. I just don’t... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 13, 2021

Sorry, CPS likely won't do anything about this.

I was in a similar situation, and got a job so that I could spend as little time in my father's house as possible. It sucks, but I think you're stuck for 2 more years. The good news is that by that time, you can save some...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I had an an attorney send me a demand letter stating I had 3 days to give them money

So details ( I’m not delinquent on rent) I have a friend who had kidney disease and was on dialysis. He couldn’t work and was on his death bed. I took him in and made sure he went to his appointments and he was on disability but it barely covered anything. His dialysis clinic let him know of a... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 13, 2021

Your rights are limited to the terms of the lease you signed. The fact that the manager may know that your friend is there doesn't change the terms of the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation for Texas on
Q: is there legal trouble for registering an LLC with similar name compared to a business name in Australia.

started a moving business in Tx, registered an LLC then discovered there is a moving business in Australia, similar name but mine ends w/ "s".

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 13, 2021

Not unless you're doing business in Australia, or that company is doing business in Texas. If the Texas Secretary of State accepted the LLC's name, you're probably good.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Texas on
Q: My uncle set up a trust fund for my daughter, and come to find out shes not , so how can i get that trust fund back.?

i need to put a hold on the account . untill we can determined dna results.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 10, 2021

You didn't set up the account, so it's doubtful you have any right to do anything with it. Talk to the person that set up the account.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Land Use & Zoning for Texas on
Q: If I'm building a house for cash paying for it upfront on some land do I need a deed
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 6, 2021

If you already own the land, you already have a deed which covers everything that is permanently attached to the land, or that becomes permanently attached to the land; this would include a house (assuming it's not on wheels). If you're buying the land, then yes, you'll need a deed,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can I get some guidance on my current situation making payments on a rent to own property?? The landlord is about to put

The property up for auction, but I think the house may have accidentally been put in my name.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 6, 2021

I do not know how a property would be "accidently" put in your name, or how anyone could sell property (by auction or otherwise) that they had already transferred to someone else. Take your contract, payment records and any notices you received to a lawyer for review.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Texas on
Q: In Birkel v. Hassebrook Farm Services, 219 Neb. 286, what is the issue, what is the holding and what is the reasoning?
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 6, 2021

If you are asking for someone to explain a particular case to you, (and presumably, determine whether and how it affects your situation), you need to consult an attorney. This forum is for general legal questions.

In general the issue in a case is the particular legal question before the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Do I still have to pay my rent if my landlord isn’t upholding the lease agreement?

Not supposed to have anyone staying with us, but my roommate does. And the microwave has been broken for months

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 6, 2021

The short answer is yes, you have to pay rent. Your obligation to pay rent is separate from your landlord's obligation to do repairs, and if you don't pay your rent, you'll get evicted.

There are procedures that must be followed to complain about the failure to do repairs,...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: how do you move forward with debt owed to a hospital no longer in business?

years ago i took my 1 1/2 yr old daughter to a "pop-up ER." They incorrectly inserted her catheter and caused 2 hours of pain because her bladder was blocked and unable to drain. Also, she was unable to speak to us to tell us what was hurting. An older nurse recognized the issue, adjusted... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 5, 2021

You really have at least 4 questions -

1) Is the original debt collectible? If it's more than 4 years old, and they don't already have a judgment, it may be uncollectible.

2) Does the collection agency have proper authority and documentation to collect the debt? If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Legal Malpractice and Probate for Texas on
Q: Are probate judges, court attorneys legally allowed to enrich themselves with probate courts participants real estate
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 2, 2021

No, of course not. Without some basis for why you would ask this, there's nothing more that I can say that would be relevant and helpful. If you have a lawyer, ask them. If not, I suggest you visit with a probate lawyer in your area ASAP to address your concerns.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: A woman wants me to send her money, said she is hungry and stuck, needs money for a flight to USA.

Said Army left her there with others, says she is a millionaire ( 3.6 million ) but the banks won't let her access her account cause she said she made a agreement with them not to use her money while she's there ( Kabul, Afghanistan ) Says she has another account of all her military pay... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Dec 2, 2021

This is definitely a scam (clear based on several indicators) and you should not communicate with that person at all.

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