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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: Settlement

Do All Heirs Have To Join A Will Contest?

In Rem Proceedings Will Contest in Texas are in rem proceedings which means that notice to all the heirs is not required. It is up to each interested party to keep themselves apprised of the status of any probate case. Tennessee is also an in… Continue reading

Agreement Not To Contest A Will

Background Although this blog is only about Texas law, a recent case out of Delaware dealt with an unusual issue and the results should be the same in Texas if the issue ever comes up. The Delaware court in 2015 was asked to decide if… Continue reading

Can a person you don’t know end up owning your estate?

Yes they can. Look up Marilyn Monroe’s estate. She gave the largest part of her estate to her acting coach. She had become friends with him and his wife. She directed that “it being my desire that he distribute these, in his sole discretion, among… Continue reading

Will a forged will always be set aside?

No, says the Waco Court of Appeals. In a case decided in 2011, a testator had children from a prior marriage. A will was filed for probate leaving everything to his second wife. One of his children contested the will. During the contest, a family… Continue reading

Can beneficiaries agree not to be bound by a will?

The quick answer is yes, they can. Texas recognizes what are called “family settlement agreements.”  A family settlement agreement will be enforced by a court even if the distribution of the assets under the agreement differ from the distribution of the assets under the will. … Continue reading

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