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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: Wills

Is A Contingent Will Valid? What If The Contingency Never Occurs?

Is a Contingent Will Valid A will may be drawn to take effect on the happening of a contingency or condition. If the contingency or condition never occurs, it is void. An important class of contingent wills consist of instruments made to take effect as… Continue reading

Under the “slayer rule” can you inherit from someone you murdered if your are found incompetent?

The “slayer rule” is a rule that some states recognize that prevents someone convicted of causing a death from later profiting by inheriting from the deceased victim. As I’ve written before, Texas does not recognize the slayer rule except for insurance proceeds. In fact, Texas… Continue reading

Are You Courting Death When You Write a Will?

Apparently, some people in Tanzania think that you are. The Tanzania DailyNews in an article published July 21, 2013 reported that some people believe that if you write a will it is like courting death. Even though problems will arise if you don’t have a… Continue reading

Is a will written on a tablet computer valid?

The Chronicle-Telegram reported that an Ohio judge admitted to probate a will written and signed on a tablet computer (Samsung Galaxy tablet.)  The testator was at the hospital and did not have paper or a pen. After he died, the family printed out the will… Continue reading

Replaced pages in a will.

Once a will is properly executed, pages cannot be changed or replaced unless the will is re-executed with the same formalities required of a new will. In a case decided in 2013, a Texas Court of Appeals had to decide an issue relating to the… Continue reading

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