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by Robert A. Ray

 

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The post below are new cases on inheritance disputes in Texas that will that will help explain the process.

What's unusual

Many of the post below are not new but contain an interesting or unusual decision about inheritance disputes.

Find your interest

Cases that may be important in a Texas probate case dealing with inheritance disputes that speak to your interest.

Who is a “descendant” in Texas Probate Court?

A recent case dealt with the question of "who is a descendant?"  A will made a gift to the descendants of the...

In Developing Countries, Lack of Inheritance Rights for Women May Depress the Country’s Economy

In a posting on the World Bank's blog, there is an article that points out that wives and daughters don't have the...

Getting Someone To Make A Will May Be A Crime

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 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 deceased’s) property after her death, the conduct alleged in this indictment—causing

(the deceased) to execute a will in his favor and then filing the will for probate—amounts to a criminal offense.” The court upheld a ten year sentence.

Ordinary Wills

This case does not apply to someone who urges an elderly person to make a will. Everyone should be urged to make a will. In the case decided by the Dallas Court of Appeals, there was evidence that the man who was charged, who was not related to the deceased, talked her into making a will for his benefit while she was in the hospital during her last illness. The lady had a child and her previous will named the child as her beneficiary.

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Podcast “DNA – I found my dad, do I inherit his estate?”

What inheritance rights do you have in Texas when you take a DNA test and discover who your father is?

Mineral Interests Overview In Texas

Royalty interest or mineral interest are often involved in inheritance disputes in Texas such as contesting a will. Those interest are explained here.

A Power of Attorney Creates a Fiduciary Duty

Texas courts recognize that a person with a power of attorney owes the principal (the person who gave the power of...

Contesting a Will Because of Improper Execution of the will

n Texas, wills must be executed with proper formalities. If it is not executed with those formalities, the will will...

DNA test. I just discovered my father (parents) what now?

With the advent of DNA testing kits that are prevalent today, many people, who do not know who their parents are,...

Start Here to Learn About Texas Inheritance

Testate Succession When a person dies with a valid will or an invalid will that has not been contested, his property...

The Growing Problem Of Deathbed Marriages

The Wall Street Journal ran an article on June 11, 2011 entitled "Unholy Matrimony: How to Fight Back" about the...

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The slayer rule doesn’t always apply

The slayer rule doesn’t always apply

The slayer rule means that a person who murders another person cannot inherit from that person. Texas doesn’t have the slayer rule but there are other methods of keeping the slayer from inheriting.
In a recent article in England, the courts let the wife inherit from her husband that she murdered because he had been so abusive toward her.

Robert Ray

Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law — Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We handle cases all across Texas. Our principal office is in Lantana, Texas (DFW area).

Robert Ray is a Texas attorney who handles inheritance disputes

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