My husband has two children from another marriage. I have one child from a previous relationship, and we have a child together. I bought two rental properties (the title and mortgage are in my name only) after we were married. My husband and I manage them and use the rental income for our bills and improvements to our residence. I collect the rent and pay the mortgages out of a checking account that is in my name only. If my husband dies first, will his daughters have any claim on the property? Is it a probate item? Is there any way to protect the property, such as placing it in a trust?
My husband passed away October 15, 2017 and is retired from the City of Dallas. When requesting survivorship benefits I was initially denied because we were married after he retired – when I pointed out we were common law married over 20 years, they then claimed he had a 10 year certain policy and I was not eligible for benefits because he had been retired for over 10 years, but will not show me a copy of the policy to verify this change in their statement. My husband has stated many times over the years he had full survivorship coverage on his policy. What I can I do to see the policy, and if full not a 10 year policy, claim common law marriage since their rules seem to have changed as of 01/01/2018 and will no longer recognize common law when in 2017 they would?? I have been trying to resolve this November 2017, when common law was still recognized by the City of Dallas according to new laws in 2015 in Texas. – – I am currently living in Michigan, but am looking for a TX attorney to help.