Texas Case Summaries

 

Cases are presented in alphabetical order by year of decision for the years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Cases are also indexed by topic.

These materials discuss judicial developments relating to the Texas law of intestacy, wills, estate administration, trusts, and other estate planning matters. The reader is warned that not all recent cases are presented and not all aspects of each cited case are analyzed. You must read and study the full text of each case before relying on it or using it as precedent. Writ histories are subject to change.

The discussion of each case concludes with a moral, i.e., the important lesson to be learned from the case. By recognizing situations which have led to time consuming and costly litigation in the past, estate planners can reduce the likelihood of the same situations arising with their clients.