What are daughter’s property rights?

Updated: 18 hours ago

This column first appeared in the San Antonio Express News and other Hearst Newspapers on November 4, 2019.

Dear Mr. Premack: My father died in early 2017 with no will, leaving a house and a commercial property (his second wife gets 1/2, my sisters and I split the rest.) My stepmother and her attorney are not responding to my correspondence and she seems to just be planning to not pay me for my share. They gave me conflicting stories, first that she planned to buy me out, then that the properties are badly damaged by flood and require more work than they're worth and are uninsured. But she’s been living in the house all along, so this story sounds suspect. The properties are in Texas, but I live in Oregon. How can I file a claim for my inheritance or otherwise place a lien on the properties? Can my stepmother be comp