My grandma passed (in Texas 2015) first and then her new husband had changed around everything in the will (when my grandma was sick he got her to sign stuff). He cut multiple family members from my grandmas side out and made his son the executor. When her husband passed (in Texas 2017), the son... Read more »
My mom died last year and left no will. He has created an argument over nothing and feels like he is entitled to everything. He lived with her for a few months last year before he decided that he could no longer care for her and verbally told me I was responsible for her. He decides to come back a... Read more »
Definitely consult a probate attorney. I do think you'll need to involve the probate court so that your inheritance rights are protected. Many probate attorneys offer free or inexpensive consultation meetings.
Your father probably just assumes that everything of your mother's...Read more »
I am a co-trustee of a trust created by my mother and step father. One beneficiary owed a rather large sum to the trust. The beneficiaries have chosen to forgive this debt to the trust. I'm afraid that in the future they will change their minds and take the co-trustees to court to go after... Read more »
You are right to be concerned. My best advice would be to have an attorney help you draw up an iron-clad instrument for the successor trustee and beneficiaries to sign agreeing and consenting to the forgiveness of debt.
An Affidavit of Heirship is used when there is no Will, filled out/completed by two disinterested witnesses, and then the affidavit is filed with the real property clerk. The affidavits are used to transfer property to the rightful heirs after the owner's death.
One of the siblings must hire a local probate lawyer to file an Application for Determination of Heirship and Issuance of Letters of Administration. All the others may sign a Distributee's Agreement agreeing to that person acting as administrator with power of sale. After the debts are paid,...Read more »
The house can be sold if it is necessary to pay debts. There are other reasons why a house muight need to be sold, such as the will requires it. For a definitive answer tailored to your particular circumstances you need to engage a probate attorney to investigate the matter for you.
There is not a whole lot you can do if you cannot locate the original will. Even if you locate a copy of the will, you will have an uphill battle getting it into probate because the law presumes that when an original will can't be found, the testator is presumed to have destroyed it with the...Read more »
My wife's mother refuses to get a will saying her credit card debt will prevent us from getting the house. This is our primary residence, can they take the house and put us on the street to pay her credit card debt? The debt is about 12k right now.
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Inheritance is either by will, or by intestate succession. Here's a chart that explains who inherits property if there is no will. https://texaslawhelp.org/sites/default/files/texas_descent_and_distribution_chart.pdf
The Only way to transfer title to your grandfather's property is to probate the will. The executor, when appointed by the court, will have authority over your grandfather's property, to dispose of it according to the will. Until that happens, no one has authority to sign anything at all...Read more »
So my husband's lawyer advised the inheritance was deposited into a account set up by the lawyer but the lawyer cannot distribute or transfer to our personal account for 72 business hours. We have never dealt with something like this and I wanted to know if that sounds correct.
You sure do! First of all, you should receive an inventory of the estate's assets within 90 days from the time your father was appointed. If you didn't get that, make sure your father supplies that to you ASAP. Secondly, 15 months after the time your father officially became the...Read more »
My mother recently died. She and I were owned property together. Since we purchased the property we each got married. She was separated from her husband for the past three years but never got divorced. I have 2 brothers we are not her husband's children and 1 of my brothers is in prison in a... Read more »
None of you has authority to sell the property at present. Hire a local probate lawyer to help you file an application to administer the estate, sell the property and, after all bills are paid, distribute the net proceeds according to the Texas laws of inheritance.
The executor doesn’t want to probate the will because he wants to live in the house of his deceased stepdad. He is not paying the mortgage. All beneficiaries listed in the will want to sell the home to close out the estate. We don’t know what to do.
Any of the other beneficiaries can open a probate court and petition the court to be appointed executor. The court does not have to appoint the executor nominated in the will if that person refuses to act. If the person in possession of the will refuses to turn it over to the court, the court can...Read more »
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