Initiating Probate of an Intestate Estate

Dear Mr. Premack: My father passed away a couple of years ago without a will. My parents were divorced at the time and he was survived by his second spouse. Is it mandatory for his estate to be probated and who should file? – TF According to the Texas Probate Code, when a person dies…

Who gets the house when mom dies?

Many factors determine inheritance and future ownership of a home This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on March 9, 2017. Dear Mr. Premack: I am the daughter of a 95 year old mom. My only sister is 70, and our only brother passed away in 2013 leaving three children. My mom’s…

Appraisal Letter should prompt Probate

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on September 23, 2016. Dear Mr. Premack: This week I received a letter from the Bexar Appraisal District. It looks like a form letter that went out to lots of people, and says I need to reapply for my homestead and over-65 exemptions or I…