My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Texas
My mother has been living on her fathers property since he passed away in 1977. There was no will left when he died. She has been the sole person to pay taxes on the property since 1978. She is thinking of selling the property but the deed is still in her fathers name. She does have 2 brothers as well that have not shown interest in the property but would be very difficult to locate if probate court was needed. The overall value of the property is not that great, I believe its only around 10k. So paying a probate lawyer is pretty much out of the question since there would be little financial gain after the fees. Is there a way to proceed without probate? Does it make a difference that she has paid the taxes since 1978? Thanks in advance for the replies.