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Q: Stepmom and Dad passed away 8 months apart both with wills

My stepmom and dad passed away 8 months apart they both have wills. My stepmom’s will and dad’s will hasn’t gone through probate yet. Should both will be probated or only the one that passed away second?

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Apr 16, 2021

Both must be submitted for probate.

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Q: My mother passed away last month. I was her P.O.A., her guardian, etc. She was a ward of the court because my brother

went behind my back and got her P.O.A. from me. He took her to her bank and got a good deal of her savings (She had dementia.) She was in a nursing home and they reported him to the court. The judge sold her house for 88,ooo and 4 lawyers took 58,000. The rest of the money is in the Registry of... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Apr 15, 2021

The Tarrant County Court should have at least a list of all the filed documents online. Whether you are entitled to some or all of the money in the court registry is another question.

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Q: Can I become executor of estate sell it and then give them their share later? Or what should I do next to take of this?

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 »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Apr 8, 2021

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.

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Q: Judge ordered family allowance but Attorney refuses to pay that amount. What can I do? I let my attorney go already.

My husband had no children and died with an old will. The millions will go to his college. They have been awful. The judge also ordered the car to me and the Executor and her Attorney refused in writing to do anything or fill out forms to transfer title. They are now stating that they are not... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Apr 5, 2021

Write a letter to the court, including any correspondence from them. Then get a new attorney or rehire your old one.

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Q: If someone is willed an inheritance, will they b required to pay taxes on the money they were willed

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Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 30, 2021

Yes. An inheritance is income just like any other income.

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Q: Mom and dad were separated he died left everything to her in the will. I was in process of moving back into a house I've

Had on property over 20 yrs can she stope

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 28, 2021

In Texas one is either divorced or married. Whether your parents were separated for 20 minutes or for 20 years, your mother is still your father's widow and inherits under his Will.

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Q: Can someone hide a will to gain all that was supposed to get gain what was left to somebody in the will at death

Father in law acted like a will didn't exist so my husband wouldn't get what was left to him

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 23, 2021

In Texas failing a produce a Will is a crime. It you have evidence tending to prove it exists, or existed, such as signing witnesses who can testify as to what it said, please contact a local probate attorney.

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Q: Executor not named on Dad's will. Person to become personal representative is not fit to do it. What can I do?

Court date to validate will and personal representative is set. Person trying to become the personal representative has already transferred assets into her name that belonged to a different beneficiary, and I suspect she abused power of attorney to do so. Do I need to file anything with the court... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 19, 2021

Hire a local probate lawyer to protect your interests.

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Q: The attorney I hired to handle the probate of my husband's will died. How do I find out the status?

I believe the last thing she did was file the Section 308 Affidavit of Notice. There were not any assets and she said a few debt collectors had contacted her, but she needed to "review the filings to see if any other claims were filed". She was wonderful, but now I don't know what... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 17, 2021

Contact the state bar. We have recently been given the opportunity to designate someone to handle our open files.

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Q: What if I cant find all the heirs during a probate

My uncle died like 6 or 7 years ago and noone has claimed the property I was verbally given the property but that dosnt mean anything I wanna do a probate but he had 5 kids and i can only find one of his kids who wants nothing to do with the property

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 16, 2021

You can file to probate his estate before you find all the heirs but will have to find them, even if this means hiring a P.I.. Some probate lawyers have databases which they will check. You may find this is enough. As for the child who wants nothing, that person can disclaim the inheritance and... Read more »

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Q: are widows in the state of Texas required to pay unsecured debt belonging to the deceased spouse?
Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 13, 2021

No. A person's debt is their debt, not that of their spouse.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Texas on
Q: So Far Two Local Attorneys Can't Riddle It. Law, Probate, Real Estate Question; Apparently Intricate Details.

My Grandma (4/17) and Dad (11/3) have passed away in the last year, both intestate. I need to know if her possessions, specifically house and car, went to him even though they weren't "officially" transfered over? I was a step child to him and was never adopted after my Mom and him... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 13, 2021

If you were never adopted, you will only inherit if something was left to you by name in the Will. Where what went or where what might go without a Will does not matter: it will never go to you.

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Q: Can court appointed admin sell dad’s homestead if will left to caregiver child. Will contest hasn’t been heard in court.

My spouse and I took care of my parents and their large old home and 40 acres for13 years. They’re now deceased. Our sacrifice kept Dad from being on Medicaid and lose the family homestead. Dad left homestead, 11 yr old car and 16 yr old truck to me in will as compensation and appointed me ind... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 11, 2021

You have a probate attorney with whom you can discuss the probate matter.

With regard to housing, please contact the local Area Agency on Aging. There is subsidized senior housing through HUD and through private organizations.

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Q: Does it take more than 15 years to process a lawsuit?

My dad died from cancer & was exposed to asbestos from his jobs as a welder (30 jobs or more). We have a settlement that provost and Humphrey has been handling since he died in 2001 but we've only gotten small checks, 50$, like every 7 to 8 yrs. What can we do about it?

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 9, 2021

First discuss the matter with your attorney. There can be years of appeals.

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Q: Common law marriage and property question

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Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 8, 2021

"Common law" marriage does not exist. Your mother may apply for a determination of heirship and attempt to prove an informal marriage (1) registered with the county clerk without benefit of ceremony or (2) based on evidence tending to prove that (a) both parties intended to be married;... Read more »

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Q: If an uninsured patient dies after being hospitalized, will her estate be responsible for the bill?

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) mandates that an ER and hospital treat an uninsured patient until she is stabilized (or dies), but it's an unfunded mandate and I believe patient is technically responsible for bill. This patient lost coverage when her husband, who... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 3, 2021

The first $15,000 of medical bills of the last illness are payable as a Class 1 claim.

Anything above that is payable as a Class 8 claim.

All are payable before anything is distributed to beneficiaries.

COBRA costs. But if she does die with big medical bills, that could...
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Q: My husband died in Oklahoma with no will. Who is entitled to his property (home, motorcycle, land, etc.)?
Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 3, 2021

If all his children were yours, likely you are. Hire a local probate attorney to help you get appointed to settle the estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Foreclosure and Probate for Texas on
Q: How to get my name on the deed to my dads house after his passing

My father and I had lived in this home since I was 6 years old. He got married in 2014 and he was renting to own the home. when the payments were completed they put the house in my step moms name and now my father has passed away. I called the tax office and they are not listing me or my brothers... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 3, 2021

Hire a local probate attorney to file an application for succession.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Texas on
Q: mother died. Left family home that I’ve lived in for 10 years, to me and brother. He’s executor. He won’t pay 1/2 taxes.

He hasn’t transferred title to us either. I pay all bills since I live here and don’t want to sell. If house was in our names, taxes would be less since I am disabled so my half would be lower. But I can’t pay $12,000 property tax bill alone. What do I do?

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Mar 1, 2021

The house belongs to the estate. It may need to be sold to pay taxes and other debts with the beneficiaries splittling the net proceeds. If not, the executor should file a Distribution Deed with the county clerk, transferring title to the beneficiaries. You may then sue for partition and sale or... Read more »

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Q: My grandpa has COVID & oxygen, he’s living w/ my parents. been to hospital twice. Can they get trouble if he dies @ home

There’s no power of attorney, my parents have bought a funeral for him. He spend a week in the hospital got released and then two days a second time, got released again. Three nurses have come to the house, and they say he has to go through sickness, after the hospital. What will my parents have... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Feb 28, 2021

Assuming that the hospital receives Medicare or Medicaid payments, it can only discharge someone in a safe discharge. While it is now less common, many people do die at home. If your grandfather is on hospice, the hospice nurse can sign the death certificate. If not, it must be signed by an M.D.... Read more »

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