My question involves real estate located in the State of: Texas
My mother passed away 4/29/2010 and the house that I currently live in was in her name. After she died, my father, had his name put on the house, but it was the Estate of (mother's name) and his name. He and I had a verbal agreement that the house would go to me because he stated that he needed time away after her death. He left May 2010 and has not been back. He made his home in Oklahoma for about 5 months and then moved back to Texas, but not back to our family home. My name is not on the title, but I have decided to sell the house because when he left me the house he also left me with their 7 years worth of back taxes (which I cannot pay). He has not come to get any of his belongings and my question is does the State of Texas consider his property abandoned and what can I do about selling the house (which again, he has give me verbal confirmation of being able to do so) without him being present? Would he have to sign over power of attorney?