Interesting Developments In Inheritance Laws

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Marijuana and Probate in Texas

marijuana and probate law in Texas

A professor at one of Texas’ Law Schools wrote an article about the future of marijuana and Probate in Texas. You can find the article here.

Abstract

With the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana in almost half of the states, practitioners need to be aware of interface between marijuana and estate planning. This article provides a discussion of the major issues that arise. After bringing readers up-to-date with the history of legalized marijuana, the article focuses on how marijuana use may impact a user’s capacity to execute a will and other estate planning documents. The article then examines other estate planning concerns such Continue reading

Getting Someone To Make A Will May Be A Crime

 Obtaining a will maybe a crime in TexasTexas Law

Getting someone to make a will may be a crime in Texas. In a 2015 case out of the Dallas Court of Appeals, a man was convicted of a crime for getting an elderly woman to make a will naming him as a beneficiary. After the woman died, he filed the will for probate. Those actions constituted a crime according to the court of appeals because they were done with criminal intent. The court stated that “If performed with the requisite criminal intent to deprive whoever would otherwise have taken (the Continue reading

Texas Bank Gives Money To Wrong Person

Joint account with right of survivorship

hands asking the help and hands saving the money(made from my images)

Bank is not Liable Says Texas Supreme Court

In what I consider a strange holding, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that when a Texas bank gives money to wrong person, the bank may not be liable.

Facts

The case dealt with a joint account with right of survivorship. A husband and wife opened the account. The account was a joint account with right of survivorship meaning that when one died, the survivor owned the account. The account also had a pay on death clause that paid the Continue reading

Removal Of Executor In Texas

Removal of executor in TexasGrounds for removal of executor in Texas

A Texas executor can be removed by the probate court but not because the beneficiaries under the will don’t like him. A Texas executor can only be removed for specific reasons that must be pled and proven by the beneficiaries who are seeking his removal. Some of those grounds are gross misconduct, gross mismanagement and a material conflict of interest.

Gross Mismanagement

In a 2015 case from the San Antonio court of appeals, the beneficiaries pled that the executor had Continue reading

How To Disinherit Someone In Texas

How to disinherit someone in TexasHow To Disinherit Someone prior to 1991

Before 1991, you could not disinherit your heirs in Texas by stating that in your will. The only way to make sure that an heir did not inherit from you was to give all of your property to someone else in your will. As an old Texas Supreme Court ruling said ” . . . The right of the heir is defeated only by a substitution of some person to take in his place, and not by a declaration, or express intention, that he shall not take. Hence, though the heir is expressly disinherited, as if a man by his will should declare that his heirs or next of kin shall have no part of his estate, and not direct who shall have it, still the heir would take, not under the will, but under the law; for there must be in the will a devisee, to supplant the heir. . . . “. If the testator fails to make an effective disposition of his property to another, the property will pass to his heirs at law under the laws of intestate succession even though this might be against the testator‘s Continue reading

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Edited by Robert Ray a Board Certified Texas attorney who limits his practice to inheritance disputes. The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. If you are concerned about Texas inheritance laws, Texas inheritance rights, have a Texas family inheritance dispute, a property dispute or want information about contesting a will or protecting a will from a contest and need an inheritance lawyer, we can help.

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The foregoing information is general in nature and does not apply to every fact situation. We handle litigation involving inheritance disputes. We don't prepare wills. We don't file wills for probate or distribute estates except when we are contesting a will or protecting a will from a contest. We handle a select few cases on contingency. Don't use a comment to ask a personal question about an inheritance issue because your name and comment will be public. To ask a litigation question and to protect your privacy, click the red button to the right.


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