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Interesting Developments In Inheritance Laws

My practice is limited to trials involving inheritance disputes including will contest, related property disputes and associated torts. To ask privately about a Texas litigation issue involving an inheritance dispute, click the big red button to go to our main site's contact page and ask a question privately.

Category: Property

When is a gift not a gift in a Texas will?

In a recent case, the second paragraph of a will gave a piece of land to the testator‘s wife “to be hers absolutely forever.” The third paragraph of the will gave the land to the testator‘s sons in the event of the simultaneous death of… Continue reading

Joint accounts with right of survivorship

Joint accounts are accounts, usually with a financial institution, where more than one person has rights to the account.  Deciding what those rights are is a problem often faced in contested probate cases. The courts look at the documents creating the account and the words… Continue reading

What is the difference between community and separate property?

Texas is a community property state.  The word community in community property refers to the marital community; the marriage between you and your spouse.  If you are not married, you do not have any community property.  You only have separate property. Community property is all… Continue reading

What if there are not enough assets in the estate to pay all of the expenses?

Today’s word is abatement. Estate property is liable for debts and expenses of administration.  How are these paid?  Do all of the beneficiaries share this burden equally? Texas, like most states, specifies a way that the property abates.  The Executor or Administrator is to follow… Continue reading

What happens if you get divorced after making your will?

What happens if you get divorced after making your will? When you get divorced, Texas law answers the question of what happens if you get divorced after making your will? Texas law provides that after a divorce, all provisions in a will in favor of… Continue reading

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