My mom's father died 3 yrs ago, she's being sued for sister's debt
My mother's father died in March of 2010 leaving a small estate that consisted of a house worth ~$80000 in Texas. My mother's sister had been living w/ their father and mother as a caregiver for 5+ yrs. (Their mother died ~2 yrs before.) After my grandfather died, she continues to live in the residence.
Yesterday a constable came to my house, a rental property owned by my mother, not a resident, to serve her a "lawsuit for taxes", his words, and not to the house she's been living in for 20+ yrs. Since I was not her they would not give me the papers.
After talking to mom she tells me that the house was never probated and that it remains in her deceased fathers name and not her sister. Apparantly her sister hasn't paid property taxes in some time or is delinquent a large amount around $5000.
What sort of process is my mother facing?
Is this just a form of foreclosure on the property?
She never cosigned or had involvment in her fathers accounts, could her assets be at risk?
What will happen if the house is taken to probate so long after the deceased has passed?
Why was the constable involved? She has never received a single letter informing her of her responsibilities financial or otherwise.
Will this affect her credit?