Success Story: Tying Up Loose Ends

Arnulfo had been living in his sister’s home when she passed away. In her will, she left him the home. But several years after her death, Arnulfo had not gotten the will probated and the title of the home had not been put into his name. Time was running out and if he didn’t take care of matters soon, the home would automatically go to his sister’s son.

Not knowing how to handle this and afraid he might be left with nowhere to go, Arnulfo turned to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) for help.

TRLA attorneys worked with Arnulfo to take care of the will and have the house’s title put in his name. But that wasn’t the only help he needed. On an income of less than $700 a month, Arnulfo was unable to afford the property taxes for the home. But since the title was now in his name and he was over 65, he was eligible for a tax exemption and deferral. So TRLA helped him make those arrangements as well.

Today Arnulfo owns the home where he lives, doesn’t have to worry about being homeless, and can afford the taxes on the property.


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