My father and mother were married and owned property (less than 2 acres) with a mobile home on it in Texas. They were separated many years but my father continued to live on the property in the mobile home. He also has kids from a previous marriage. We are all adults now and live in different states. In mid 2013, he moved to a different Texas county and was in a nursing home. My father and mother divorced at the end of 2013. They sold the mobile home and were in the process of selling the property; however, he passed away before it got finalized. There was no will that I'm aware of. The issue now is my mom cannot sell it because his half is technically owned by us as heirs or that's what we were informed. There is quite a bit of back taxes owed on the property and my mom has already been receiving letters regarding this. She has been doing her best to try and pay but she is 70 and is on social security. She lives with me and I try supporting both of us and paying most of the bills. We have gone to several attorneys but they were not Certified Elder Law attorneys. We have already spent quite a bit of money consulting with them and just cannot afford anymore. We have heard we can do an Affidavit of Heirship but also that we should do a probate. I don't have contact with all the heirs but I don't think any of us want to step up and do a probate due to the money and hassle not to mention we're all adults and have own lives and bills. I'm also not sure if everyone will sign an Affidavit. Also MERPS is involved and has sent a Notice of Intent letter to my mom which I'm unsure why since they are divorced. We feel like we're drowning because we don't know what to do. She's tried legal aid but they never answer and have an automated voice saying to call back later. Is it better to walk away and let the county foreclose on the property to get their taxes? I'm not sure what happens to MERPS. This is turning into a costly mess.