Questions about MERP claims

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News and other Hearst Newspapers on October 12, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: Is a home mortgage, whether a regular mortgage or reverse mortgage, paid before a MERP claim? – SB MERP is the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program, a facet of the Medicaid program that has existed…

Both parents’ deaths leaves family with legal mess

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News and other Texas Hearst newspapers on August 3, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: Our parents owned several valuable real estate holdings. They both had poorly written wills, but the wills do identify us as the heirs. When mother died in 2014 her will was not probated…

To Whom Do I give my Friend’s Will?

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on January 19, 2018. Dear Mr. Premack: A few years ago, a good friend asked me to keep the original of her Will in my lockbox. Her kids do not get along with each other. She said that if she kept the Will at home,…

Must a Will always go to Probate?

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News on November 20, 2017. Dear Mr. Premack: In Texas, is there a requirement that a Will be probated? Is it a better idea to have a Trust instead of a Will, and how does it work? – C.L. When a person dies, they might have…

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…