I'm a German married to a U.S. citizen, we're living in Germany. My father-in-law is retired and lives on his own property in Texas.
Due to some misfortunes and health problems (and the medical bills connected to that), he is not going to be able to pay his property taxes in January. None of the siblings of my wife is able (or willing) to pay, so I am stuck doing it (again). Selling some of the property is out of the question as there are big emotional bonds to the place.
I had to pay the taxes a couple years ago which were supposed to be paid back to me (at the time another in-law was living on the property and supposed to help pay the money back - of course, this never happened). I am not expecting to ever get the money that I have to "loan" for the property taxes back from my father-in-law. What I do want to avoid though, is that somebody inherits the place later (and only does so, because I paid the property taxes) and does not pay me back even though they sit on a property worth 100k $+.
In Germany, you could put some entry in the land title register which would e.g. state that you cannot sell the land before some loan is paid back (if applicable with interest) and if someone inherits the place they have to pay back the loan within a certain time frame or the ownership of the place goes to the lender (foreclosure would be another choice).
Is something like this possible in Texas (something like a lien holder entry in a car title)? What would it be called? In which register would an entry have to be made? Do you need a lawyer? Does it need to be notarized? Or do you just have to go to the courthouse?
Currently, I have no idea what terms to search for, because I am lacking the "buzz words".