If my dad gave me 15 acres and a 3 bedroom doublewide but did not have any paperwork and has now passed away, what can I do to change the deed?

Asked on September 20, 2015 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You need to visit with a probate or real estate attorney because a number of factors can affect the answer to your question.
If your father's estate was fairly small, you may be able to resolve the issue with a simple affidavit of heirship.  These affidavits can be effective tools for avoiding the need for a probate.
If there is no will, but you've been in possession of the property for sometime, you may just need to assert adverse possession... and a real estate attorney can help you with the documents. 
Start with the probate attorney and then get a second opinion from the real estate attorney.  The reason I'm recommending the probate attorney first is that it's a much cheaper route assuming that's all your situation requires.


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