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Dillon Bruce Norton

Dillon Norton’s Answers

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  • There are 6 heirs to one property..how do I buy out the ones that want to sell?

    Dillon’s Answer

    You definitely want a title company involved with the sale so it can produce closing documents and issue a title policy to ensure clean title to the property. That said, they will likely encourage you to probate your grandfather's estate to determine who his heirs are under Texas law and so an administrator can be appointed to act on behalf of the estate to gather property owing to the estate and distribute any property to the heirs. The Administrator can sometimes sign all closing documents as opposed to requiring all the heirs to sign, however, that can only happen if ALL the heirs agree to the appointment of the Administrator of the estate. Once an Administrator is appointed that everyone can agree on, they would draft an agreement for xyz heirs to sell their portion of the property to ABC buyers. The Administrator would then provide the agreement to the title company to complete the closing and issue title.

    You need a lawyer.

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  • My father had a home equity loan in Texas and has passed away. Can I assume the loan?

    Dillon’s Answer

    This is a complicated quesion without more facts. An assumption of the home equity loan without probating father's estate depends on the lender's policies. You may have to probate your father's will. If you're a beneficiary and are bequeathed the house, or you're the only heir after an heirship/ administration, then you could probably assume the loan. If there are any other heirs or beneficiaries, then an outright assumption is probably out of the question.

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  • My sister died intestate she has no children parents or spouse who would inherit her property

    Dillon’s Answer

    The attorney above is correct. I would also like to add that any children put up for adoption may have a right to inherit from the sibling. An attorney ad litem will need to be appointed to represent the unknown heirs, whether they exist or not. Thus, any children born to your sister that have never been in the picture could have a stake in her probate estate, which would close the door on your ability to inherit. This is probably an unlikely scenario but worth noting.

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  • If my father died left no will then my mother died . There are two of us children

    Dillon’s Answer

    If you disclaim your interest in the estates, then the estates will pass to your children. If they are under 18, money from the estates will be paid into the court's registry until the kids turn 18 when they can then access all the money payable to them, however much that is.

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  • How do I know if I have any inheritance from a person I’ve cared for over the last 5 years that I’m not a blood relative?

    Dillon’s Answer

    The only way to know for sure whether you should inherit or not, is to be a beneficiary under the decedent's will.

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  • Class C misdemeanor (theft) expunged . Can i become a teacher?

    Dillon’s Answer

    If your expunction was granted, you should apply to become a teacher. Being able to elevate yourself is why you sought the expunction in the first place. Expunctions operate by requiring any record of your chare/ arrest to be destroyed. As long as every agency that came in contact with you was notified if the expunction, you should be ok. If any agency that was required to destroy any record of that charge did not do so, you may have a civil penalty to pursue against that agency. Also, the order granting the expunction is valid against private agencies that charge a fee to view someone's criminal history, but not as to companies that grant access to criminal histories for a fee. Lastly, you can deny any expunged charges. If pressed however, you can say the case was dismissed and the charge was expunged.

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  • How can I get a non violent misdemeanor expunged from my record in Houston Texas ? It happened 3 years ago.

    Dillon’s Answer

    Hey there! Things happen, we all make mistakes. However, what we do with those mistakes is what's important. It sounds like you're looking to move in a positive direction, but an expunction will not work since you were on deferred adjudication. You need a non-disclosure. The other attorneys are correct to state that certain agencies will have this charge on file, but will only be able to disclose this incident in certain situations if they apply. Since this was a non-violent charge and one not involving certain sex crimes, you could be eligible for a non-disclosure provided that any applicable waiting period has been completed, if any, without being placed in deferred adjudication for another offense that does not involve a traffic offense punishable by fine only. You need to find an attorney to help you out. While you're looking, check out this link to learn more about non-disclosures.

    http://txcourts.gov/media/1439434/overview-of-orders-of-nondisclosure-2017.pdf

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  • My wife and I are confused on some issues about her fathers death?

    Dillon’s Answer

    Dear Concerned Individual,

    I agree with the above-mentioned statements, and will also add a few things. First, I'm sorry for your loss. It's not any easier with someone dragging their feet either. Second, you have four years to probate a will in Texas, after that, it gets harder and more costly to probate said will if it has not been probated. Third, still assuming, the will is not probated, an interested person in the estate, your wife, may apply to become a temporary administrator of the estate to preserve estate assets, such as the house and car until the will can be admitted to probate and an executor appointed. Since the estate is liable for the taxes, the temporary administrator would need access to a bank account in the estate to get funding for tax payments. Fourth, you want to remove the named executor since they have been slow to get things going and for allowing the estate to be neglected. Fifth, hire a probate attorney. Many probate courts disallow self-representation.

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