With the survey work being done today for leasing opportunities, many individuals have contacted us indicating that they would like to be declared, but it is just too difficult for them to find a hundred relatives to form a group for a recovery effort. Some have said that their relatives have already been declared in District Court through our efforts.
For those who have found it too difficult to form a group a new of 100 heirs, and were not able to join their relatives in an earlier effort, we have made some adjustments for you in 2012.
If you have a relative or relatives who have already gone through the declaratory judgment process with my offices, you may gather ten of your relatives, including yourself, to form a 10-member group of heirs of that same original land grantee. You will be combined with other 10-member groups of the same land grantee when necessary to get you all to court as quickly as possible.
If you are interested in forming an abbreviated group of 10 direct descendants of your land grant ancestor as set out above, please go to the link entitled 'Request for Small Group', complete the form and click on ‘send’ when completed, and either I or a Case Manager/Genealogist retained by me will contact you to provide you with the materials you will need.
Of course, as always, my clients who have already been declared a direct descendant of one land grant ancestor, receive a fee-reduction for any additional links to other land grant ancestors.
If you are interested in forming a new group consisting of heirs who have already been declared in one or more cases, please go to the link entitled 'Request for Additional Group', complete the form and click on ‘send’ when completed, and we will contact you to confirm your link if possible and provide you with the materials you will need.
We are getting as many of you in a position to claim your share of the past unclaimed mineral proceeds being maintained by the State when the details of the new claims process have been worked out, and to participate in leasing opportunities once declared if they choose to. New groups will be offered an opportunity to share in all aspects of the leasing prospects that are now going on in South Texas.
Statutory Durable Power of Attorney
I will prepare a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney for those heirs or others who are infirm or quite elderly, who want to have a loved one take care of all business matters for them. If you would like to have a Statutory Durable Power of Attorney prepared, please click on the link entitled Form for Statutory Durable Power of Attorney and when completed, click on send. The cost for the Statutory Durable Power of Attorney is $50.00 for my clients and $75.00 for non-clients.
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
I will prepare a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care for those heirs who are want to appoint someone to make all health care decisions for them when they are no longer able to make them. This power of attorney should be given in favor of a loved one or other person you trust to make those decisions for you when the time comes. If you would like to have a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care prepared by my offices, please click on the link entitled Form for Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and when completed, click ‘send’. The cost for the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care is $25.00 for my clients and $40.00 for non-clients.
Last Will and Testament
I will prepare your Last Will and Testament, whether simple or complex. The cost of preparing a Will begins with a simple Will where husband and wife give each other everything and then to their children, or a single person gives everything to one beneficiary or set of beneficiaries, and then to another in case those beneficiaries are not able to receive the bequest (gift). Simple Wills cost $55.00 (if Texas Will) for my clients and can run anywhere from $100.00 to $500.00, depending on the complexity of the Will. If you would like to have my office prepare your Last Will and Testament, please click on the link entitled Request for Will Form, fill it out completely and then click ‘send’. The charge is a little higher for out-of-state Will requests.
Assignment by Special Warranty Deed
Assignment forms and instructions for completing them are provided at no cost to my clients. For non-clients the Assignment is $35.00. If you would like to receive an Assignment form, please click on the link entitled Form for Assignment by Special Warranty Deed, complete the form and click ‘send’. An assignment by special warranty deed compares to a gift deed. The difference is that assignments are used in conveying personal property and gift deeds are normally used when conveying an interest in real estate.
Deed of Gift (Gift Deed)
I will prepare a gift deed for my clients for a charge of $35.00. Gift Deeds for non-clients will cost $60.00. A gift deed may be used in the place of an Assignment by Special Warranty Deed, but original gift deeds are filed with the County Clerk in the county where the property being gifted is situated. Immediately upon their execution Both Assignments by Special Warranty Deeds and Gift Deeds are legal deeds. 'If you would like to have a Gift Deed prepared by my offices, please click on the link entitled, 'Request for Gift Deed Form'.