Can my in-laws take my house from me?

My husband inherited our home a few years
ago when his mother passed away, we added
my nam to the deed. Now that my husband has
passed can his sinlings take the house away
from me?

Asked on May 14, 2017 under Estate Planning, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If I understand your question correctly, your husband solely inherited the home (you do not indicated that his siblings also inherited an interest in it): that means that it belonged (at first) solely to him after his mother's death, and his siblings would have NO right to or interest in it at all. Then he added your name to the deed, so that you owned it, too. On his passing, since you were mostly likely a "joint tenant" with your husband (how two spouses typically jointly own property), the home would become solely yours; his siblings would have no abilty to "take" the home away from you.

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