My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Texas and New Mexico
Some background: After a nasty divorce I purchased a house. I was told by my (then) atty buying a house wasn't a good idea because my ex was likely going to come after me almost every year for more child support. (Turned out she did exactly that, several times). So I didn't technically purchase the house, my mother did, using my money. I made every payment, paid for every repair and maintenance. The plan was for my mother to give the home to me after my youngest child turned 18. My mothers health deteriorated and was not mentally fit to sign any paperwork after my daughter turned 18.
So. Mom died and left everything to my dad. They both had in their wills my brother was to get their home and contents, cars, and a few other things. It was in BOTH their wills that I alone inherited the New Mexico property. (BTW, their home, contents, and cars were in Texas). I didn't get my dad to transfer the NM property to me, and now I know I should have. My brother isn't causing any problems, the problem is my father died at his home in Texas. The property is in NM. Trying to probate his will I am told it has to be done in Texas AND New Mexico. My brother already got their home in his name with the agreement that my parents could live in their home till their death. So, when my father died he owned nothing, other than my property in NM. My main question is: Do I have to probate his will in both states? I have been told by several attorneys in NM that it must be probated in Texas first then in NM, and several told me it only had to be done in NM because he owned no property in Texas. Texas attorneys don't know.
I have since retired and moved to the coast in Texas. Help please!
Thanks for your time!