My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Texas
My mother-in-law is named as the sole inheritor of her mothers belongings (which includes her home which is paid for). Her mother died May 2008. For the past several years a brother was living with the mother helping pay the bills, taxes etc and even used his own money to fix up the house. The mother verbally said that her son could live in that house until he died but did not list him in the will.
My mother-in-law is now going through financial difficulty and probably will loose the house she is currently living in and needs to move into her mothers house which was willed to her. Her brother has recently moved out to supposedly allow this to happen. My mother-in-law is somewhat affraid to move into the house her mother left her so we changed the locks on the doors to make her feel more secure. Her brother got furiouse over this and now wants to put the house up for rent or make my mother-in-law pay him rent because he says the house is his since he paid to fix it up and paid the bills and taxes before his mother died.
Q:Does he have any rights since his mother verbally told him (and the whole family knows this) that he could live in that house until he dies if he wants to even thought he is not named in the will?
Q:What rights does my mother-in-law have against her brother? He has taken everything out of the house including all of the mothers possessions such as furniture, knick knacks etc.
The will has not been probated yet.
Q:I was also wondering what happens if my mother-in-law has to file chapter 7 bankruptcy....would she loose the mothers house or just the house she currently lives in that she cannot pay for?
Q:Also, would my mother-in-law owe taxes back to May 2008 without all the exlusions that her mother was receiving on the property such as age 65 etc?
Sorry for such a long post but I sure would appreciate any reasuring advice that could be given. Thanks.