San Marcos, TX asked in Real Estate Law for Texas

Q: My sister and I bought a house together. She paid the down payment; I pay the mortgage. She died. Is the house mine now?

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David L. Leon
David L. Leon
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Not necessarily. If the house was TITLED as "joint tenancy with rights of survivorship" when you bought it then yes, the house is yours. If not, then the house is partly yours, and you share that with the heirs of your sister's estate. The heirs could be listed in a will (if she had one), or her heirs at law.

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