Is the wife entitled to property I inherited before we were married

I’m trying to sell property inherited from a grandparent.
Does my deceased uncle’s wife have an interest in said property?
She is now deceased so will her family have an interest in said
property?

Asked on October 26, 2017 under Real Estate Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Property that is inherited either before or during marriage, is the sole property of the spouse who inherited it. Therefore, their spouse, or their deceased spouse's estate, has no claim to it. That is so long as the deceased spouse had not made or paid to have made any improvements or repairs, etc. to the property. In that case and as a general rule, their estate may be entitled to reimbursement for such costs and expenses, however they will not have any interest in the property itself. At this point, you really should consult directly with a family law or probate attorney for further advise.


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