we also have a will from mother who was wife to step-dad. he signed fraudulent will forced by cousin. he died first. mother left us the properties but cousin but all properties in his name and included his brothers and sisters plus my sister who was step-dad's daughter (adoption by stopple). Have 7 days to respond to cival citation in caldwell county.
I am not admitted in Texas if that is where the probate for your step-father is pending. Assuming that the personal representative is trying to probate a will, you need to immediately seek out a probate litigation attorney and file what is called a caveat since you have reason to be believe the will is fraudulent. I am not sure why you believe the will is fraudulent or why your step-father signed such a document. Regardless, you are not entitled to inherit anything from your step-father but if his will is deemed invalid, then his assets will pass under the state intestacy laws to his current wife and his biological or adopted children. I don't know what adoption by "stopple" means (actually the term is estoppel and means that your father's estate would be prevented from denying that the child is your father's daughter - you do not address any facts on this so it is not possible to determine why the step-father's estate would be estopped from challenging paternity). There is either adoption or something called "equitable adoption" for situations where the adoption was never formally completed. You would need to talk with a probate attorney in the state where the probate is pending to see if that state recognizes equitable adoption and whether your situation meets the requirements
If your mother is alive, then she cannot leave you anything. Her will would be valid only upon her death and she could change the will, in theory, at any time until she dies.
Bottom line - Immediately seek out a probate litigation attorney in the county/state where your step-father lived at the time of his death.
As to the tax issue, the property tax liability generally runs with the land and personal liability is rare. Property can be lost if the owner does not pay taxes.
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