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Hi and welcome to JA. I am Ray and will be the expert helping you tonight.
Your husband can sue him here in small claims court in Texas up to $10k.You would then be able lien the property with such a judgment.You are claiming there was an oral contract with uncle to repay the funds.He can do this without a lawyer.
Here is reference and self help to do that.
You can also ask the court to award you filing fees on top of the $10k or the amount owed to husband.
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Texas law on verbal contracts.