When someone dies, the assets in their name only will generally need to go through probate. If they have a will, it is handled that way but in your daughter's case, since he had no will, she most likely will need to contact a local probate attorney to help handle the estate. I don't think on the facts you described that it will be very expensive as sounds like it should be a relatively straight forward matter in probate court.
And the probate lawyer may tell you that you don't need to...
There is a big debate in Alabama between consumer lawyers and collection lawyers on the statute of limitations. Credit cards are considered "open accounts" which have a three year statute of limitation.
But collection lawyers argue, wrongly in my view, that when they sue you on a credit card it is what is known as an "account stated" or "stated account" theory which has a six year statute of limitation.
When we defend consumers who are sued, we challenge the idea of the stated account...
I don't know the laws of Texas but if this happened in Alabama it would not be a problem suing them in Alabama. They need to be licensed/registered to do business here and have to provide an agent for service of lawsuit papers.
As to whether you will recover money, it depends. We have had six figure Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases. We also have had very small ones.
How many times were you called?
Get with a Texas...
Good answers by the other lawyers -- you have to fix the "gift" and do so the right way under Virginia law. I suggest getting with a Virginia elder law attorney asap to figure out the best way to handle this.
There are some things that taking a DIY (do it yourself) approach makes sense. Elder law is one area where that normally ends badly.
I'm glad you are investigating your options and encourage you to finish it by getting with a lawyer that can advise you.
I defend consumers sued by debt collectors and I also practice Elder Law. Here are my thoughts:
1. As suggested in the first answer, is your mother a veteran or a widow of a veteran? If so, she may be entitled to VA Pension (Aid and Attendance) which is for war time veterans (or widows) -- this could pay her up over a thousand dollars a month.
2. If you ignore the suit, a default judgment will be entered against your mother. Does she have property? A bank account with anything other...
The other answers are right -- selling the home will not be income but will be an increase in assets which could push your mother over the asset limit and cut off her Aid and Attendance benefits.
One thing to keep in mind is that you also need to consider Medicaid if she ever needs to go on Medicaid.
The general rule is that if there is no gift -- but instead a fair market value transfer -- then Medicaid normally doesn't have a problem (at least in Alabama). So get with an elder law...
As pointed out in the other answers -- you need to get with a Medicaid Planning (Elder Law) lawyer asap. Simple things like gifts can have terrible consequences for families and your state may (or may not) allow the return of gifts to avoid a penalty period.
I'm a bit unclear -- you say she is on Medicaid. Do you mean Medicare? If she has already qualified under Medicaid, then this might not be as big of an issue but you still need to get with a lawyer to find out. Often we can make...
As the other lawyers have said, you need to get with a Georgia elder law attorney as quickly as you can.
Georgia has Medicaid benefits but your mother will need to qualify for them. From what you have said, it sounds like she likely will but get with a lawyer to make sure.
Qualifying for Medicaid can be confusing at times and you want to make sure that everything is done correctly and that there were no improper transfers within the last five years that might affect her ability to...
I think you had a court date but you missed it because you had to be with a family member and so now you have lost your court case resulting in a garnishment. Is this correct?
If so, there is a very limited time to ask the court to "vacate" or "undo" the judgment based upon what has happened to you with the family sickness, etc.
Get with a lawyer ASAP on this as the time period can be as short as 14 days.
You are welcome to contact my firm if you like and we can see what the court...
Most judgments in Alabama make 12% which means you face an uphill battle only paying $100 a month but you should be making progress. Get a detailed breakdown of the interest and payments from the collection lawyer or whoever has this account now.
As others rightly mentioned, you can look at filing a chapter 7 bankruptcy and get rid of the debt or settle the debt. Nothing "talks" like a lump sum of money.
John G. Watts