Blog Posts in May, 2013

  • Texas Supreme Court Allows Trust Dispute to go to Arbitration

    || 6-May-2013

    The Texas Supreme Court recently held that an arbitration provision in a trust was binding on the beneficiary of the trust and he had to arbitrate, not litigate, his dispute with the trustee. The case arose out of a trust that Andrew Francis Reitz created in 2000 for the benefit of his two sons. Mr. Reitz was the original trustee of the trust and upon his death in 2009, his attorney, Hal Rachal, ...
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  • Texas "Laughing Heir" Statute Proposed

    || 1-May-2013

    Texas is one of the few states in the union that does not have a "laughing heir" statute. A laughing heir is someone that is legally entitled to inherit from the decedent, but is so distantly related that he has no reason to feel bereaved over the decedent's death. The genesis for the proposed legislation is an heirship proceeding currently pending in Dallas County. The decedent died ...
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