Katy, TX asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Texas

Q: I am a Life Tenant in a home now owned by Texas A&M foundation. Who is responsible for the HOA fees? It's a nightmare.

My own attorney was trying to force me or in her words " strongly recommended" that I sign a very one sided document with TAMU. I refused and at the hearing she let opposing counsel slander and lie to the judge with no objections. I was not included on the Zoom hearing or I would have defended myself. She had also told me that she would get them to buy out my life estate but that never happened.

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Isaac Shutt
Isaac Shutt
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Richardson, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I'm sorry you're going through this. This sounds like a nightmare.

Anyway, to answer your question, the HOA fees issue should be specified in the document granting the life estate. So, the deed or trust granting the life estate should specify who is responsible for all of the expenses.

If you have more questions, definitely talk with your lawyer. If you don't feel comfortable with that lawyer (and I would understand why), you should consider going with a different lawyer. You want to go with someone who really has your back. Also, your attorney can't legally agree to anything on your behalf. You have to agree to anything in a legal case... so ask questions before you sign anything.

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