Austin, TX asked in Real Estate Law for Texas

Q: I live near a property where the women who lived there passed away in August 2019. What happens if no one claims it?

She had no spouse, parents, siblings, or children. She does have 7 nephews/nieces. I want to get this property sold as I'm working on cleaning up my neighborhood. What can I do? Contact the nephew? What then? I know probate can take a while, but I don't think the extended family knows they are sitting on $375,000 (market value of property). Thanks for any insight!

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Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: If you think the family doesn't know about the property, you may want to contact them. Maybe you could work a deal to buy the property, after either the probate of the owner's will, or an heirship proceeding to determine who should inherit her property.

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