Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Central
My sister called today with a real estate question.  She lives in Tyler, a Texas city about 120 miles from me here in Frisco, Texas.  I was excited to hear from her for personal and professional reasons.
Her husband died of a heart attack about 15 years ago, then her only child was killed in a car accident a few years later.  Her grandson is in college and lives with her.  She and I are only two years apart in age, and don't see each other as often as we should.
She had mentioned to me a year ago that she had plans to sell the house she lives in, and I asked her to let me know when she was ready and I would refer her to a good real estate agent in the Tyler area.  The thought of a small referral fee entered my mind then and again today when she started talking real estate.
She began asking a lot of questions, and I wanted to show my expertise and answer them.  After alREAL ESTATE LAW BOOKl, I am supposed to be the family real estate expert here in Texas!
However, her questions quickly turned legal:  the house she lives in was owned by her daughter, who had recently remarried weeks before her untimely death, but the daughter left the house to the grandson in the will, and does the daughter's surviving husband who has remarried have any claim to the house get the picture.
I had to punt and tell her she needs to consult an attorney, because I am not qualified to answer the legal questions she was asking.  I hated to not be able to help her, but I know the rules - real estate agents can't give legal advice.  
At least we were able to wish each other a Happy Thanksgiving.  Real estate can wait!
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Gary Williams, Frisco, Texas RealtorGary Williams, Realtor

Keller Williams Central

Phone 214.808.3974


Comments (2)

Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

We always have the best intentions to help, especially when it's people we love and care about - but you gave her the best advice out there. Seek an attorney!!!

Nov 21, 2011 10:36 PM
Debb Janes
Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
Put My Love of Nature At Work for You

Gary, you are very wise to have given your sister the advice that you did. We not only have an ethical obligation - but afterall, we really aren't attorneys. It sounds as if she really does need legal advice.   Glad that you got to exchange holiday greetings...I too wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 22, 2011 02:34 AM