Yes, whenever there is a change to the ownership records, one has to reapply for homestead exemption. Applying is free. Most appraisal districts have the homestead exemption application online. It is a DIY. ** Don't pay anyone for this.**
In section 3 of the homestead exemption application, Form 50-114, mention that this is an heir property. If you file for probate, provide the court filing/record number. In case there are multiple heirs (brothers/sisters/spouse of the deceased), provide the affidavits.
There’s a question on the form that asks: "Is the property for which this application is submitted an heir property?" Check the "yes" box. Below that, there’s a question that asks: "Do other heir property owners occupy the property?" Check the "yes" or "no" box, depending on your situation. Provide the following documentation for proof that you own the property:
If you acquired the property by will, "transfer on death" deed or intestacy, and you were not specifically identified on the deed or any recorded instrument in the county, then you need to provide:
Fill up the section: "AFFIDAVIT FOR APPLICANT CLAIMING AN OWNERSHIP INTEREST OF PROPERTY, INCLUDING HEIR PROPERTY"
Each heir property owner who occupies the property as a principal residence, other than the applicant, must provide an affidavit that authorizes the applicant to submit the homestead application. "AFFIDAVIT FOR OWNER OTHER THAN THE APPLICANT THAT OCCUPIES HEIR PROPERTY AS PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE"
You will have to pay the dues if you want to keep the property. Else the county may auction the property to recover their dues.
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