Interesting Developments In Inheritance Laws

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Concealing, Altering Or Destroying A Will in Texas.

Concealing or altering a will is a felony in TexasJail Felony

A person can go to jail for concealing, altering or destroying a will of another person. Texas Penal Code §32.47(d)(1) makes it a state jail felony. The statute says “A person commits an offense if, with intent to defraud or harm another, he destroys, removes, conceals, alters, substitutes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a writing… An offense under this section is a state jail felony if the writing…is a will or codicil of another, whether or not the maker is alive or dead and whether or not it has been admitted to probate…” Obviously, it is not a crime to destroy or alter your own will.

Obtaining A Copy Of A Will

Locating the will after someone has died is often difficult to do. A person may have it but refuse to produce it. To learn how you can obtain a copy of the will, look at this article.

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By Robert Ray a Board Certified attorney. 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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