My grandmother bought property in Magnolia 25 years ago. She has since died with no will and the land went to my mom and uncle as sole heirs to her estate. My uncle gave his half to my mom and a lawyer drew up the paperwork and it has been filed. The other half is still in my grandmother's name. How much would it cost to have that land transferred into my mother's name so she is the sole owner? We have all the documents needed to prove that my grandmother was my mom's mom, her death certificate, her husband's death certificate, & the deed to half the land from my uncle to my mom. What else would we need?
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Given the length of time it has been, you would need the appropriate action in a probate court to determine the heirs of your grandmother which would determine who owns what. Given that this is an intestacy (no will), there will be a court appointed attorney to investigate who the heirs are in spite of what your attorney might put on the filings. You could reasonably expect to pay a minimum of $3500 to the sky's the limit to get this vested in the correct heirs.
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From a title record perspective the entire title is still in the grandmother's name. The deed from the uncle to your mother did not effectively transfer any title because title had not been established in the uncle and your mother. While it is true that the grandmother's two children inherited from her at the moment of her death, there has been no probate proceeding to establish who her heirs were. In the Houston area, I think the $3500 minimum estimate may be a little low. There is a non-probate procedure called Affidavit of Heirship but it is not recommended.
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