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.Even if your fathers probate proceeding were still pending in a Texas Probate Court, I'm relatively certain that the creditor is too late to file a claim at this late date. However, without reviewing the estate proceeding and having all the information available about the debt it's very hard to say what the outcome of the claim will be, if it goes before the probate judge. If you can provide more specific information about the debt and the nature of your father's estate proceeding, i.e. why it is still pending after fifteen years, I might be able to give you more specific information
I don't understand why the lien is against your father since you say the card was a Sears card that you closed. In situation like yours, dates are critical. An abstract of judgment would indicate that a court enter judgment against your father or his estate at some point in time. That judgment became a lien on any real estate that he owns in the County. There is no way that he or his estate can sell the property without satisfying that lien. You cannot release the judgment lien yourself. Only the creditor can do that, so you must be prepared to make a deal with them.