If you are the only heir, you need Texas DMV form VTR-262. If there are other heirs, you still need that form and permission from the other heirs. Go to a DMV office and ask for their advice and assistance. Take a copy of the death certificate. You need a description of the car -- license plate and VIN #.
I have practiced law for over 40 years and currently reside in Colorado. I am licensed to practice in Texas and Colorado. For the most part, I practice in the area of estate planning, which includes drafting wills and powers of attorney, guardianships, probate, real estate, and related issues. My response to your question does not create an attorney-client relationship with me or any attorney. My response is based on the information provided.
A muniment of title requires a Will. If your wife had a Will, it needs to be probated and it will pass thereunder if the Will is drafted properly. You need to hire a probate attorney. If your wife did not have children with someone other than you, you would inherit the car. Hire a probate attorney to determine who to proceed.
I agree with William in that the Texas DMV form VTR-262 can be used to transfer title, many times without having to probate a will. Look up the form and read the language and determine if it will work for you. If so, you will not need a lawyer.
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