Unrecorded Quitclaim Deed is a Poor Estate Plan

Dear Mr. Premack: In 2003 our mother signed a notarized quitclaim deed of her Texas real property (which was in her name only) to her surviving three grown children. This was a quitclaim form that she filled in by hand. She has no debts or other property to probate. The deed was never filed, and…

What is a Lady Bird Deed?

Dear Mr. Premack: My mother signed a deed transferring her home to us (her children) and retaining a life estate for herself. She also retained the right to change her mind and take back ownership of the house. She recently died, and left the deed unchanged (she never took back ownership). Do we need to…