Question on effectively transferring title after the owner has died:
This happened back in the late 1970’s. A gentleman, being the owner of an oil and gas mineral interest, died testate (with a will). The minerals were in Pecos County, Texas, and the gentleman resided in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. The Last Will and Testament of the gentleman was filed in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, but the estate was never probated. Obviously the Last Will and Testament should be filed in Pecos County, Texas, as well, but my question is in regard to lack of probate proceedings ever being filed.
So, since the death occurred around 40 years ago and no one has ever contested the ownership, is the filing of the Last Will and Testament enough? Or, would it be ideal to file an Affidavit of Facts or something similar to cleanly transfer title to the heir listed in the will?