By Gerry W. Beyer

Abstract
This article discusses judicial developments relating to the Texas law of intestacy, wills, estate administration, trusts, and other estate planning matters during the Survey period of November 1, 2011 through October 31, 2012. The reader is warned that not all newly decided cases during the Survey period are presented, and not all aspects of each cited case are analyzed. You must read and study the full text of each opinion before relying on it or using it as precedent. The discussion of most cases includes a moral-that is, an important lesson to be learned from the case. By recognizing situations that have resulted in time consuming and costly litigation in the past, the reader may be able to reduce the likelihood of the same situations arising with his or her clients.

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Recommended Citation
Gerry W. Beyer, Wills & Trusts, 66 SMU L. Rev. 1219 (2013)