If I’m the only child and my mother did not have a will, how do I get ownership of her home?

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If I’m the only child and my mother did not have a will, how do I get ownership of her home?

Asked on February 19, 2015 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

There are 2 ways to go about getting your mother's house in your name. First, depending on the value of the home and whether or not there are other assets, you may be able to file for a small estate probate. This is essentially a simplified probate and taked less time to complete. If the estate is not eligible for such a procedure, then you will have to open up a formal probate and ask to be appointed�the personal representative. You can then get title to the house as the sole heir.

For more information, you can consult directly with a local probate attoreny , go the the probate court (in the county in which your mother was domiciled at her death) or go online to find out more (google the name of your mother's state and "small estate probate").


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