In In re Newman, a woman appealed a trial court’s order regarding admitting her husband’s will and the conduct of her step-son as executor. No. 04-17-00209-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 4249 (Tex. App.—San Antonio June 13, 2018, no pet. history). She made the mistake of representing herself in the appeal. The court of appeals dismissed her appeal due to her failure to follow appellate procedural rules:
Leta was required to file a brief that “contain[s] a clear and concise argument for the contentions made, with appropriate citations to authorities and to the record.” See Tex. R. App. P. 38.1(i); ERI Consulting Eng’rs, Inc. v. Swinnea, 318 S.W.3d 867, 880 (Tex. 2010). Construing her brief reasonably yet liberally, we nevertheless necessarily conclude that she did not.
We recognize that Leta is not an attorney and is representing herself in this appeal. However, except in some circumstances not applicable here, a pro se litigant must comply with the Texas Rules of Appellate Procedure. “There cannot be two sets of procedural rules, one for litigants with counsel and the other for litigants representing themselves. Litigants who represent themselves must comply with the applicable procedural rules, or else they would be given an unfair advantage over litigants represented by counsel.” [Her] brief was required to identify the trial court’s alleged errors and present a “clear and concise argument for the contentions made, with appropriate citations to authorities and to the record.” Because her brief does not provide appropriate citations to the record and does not provide clear and concise arguments to support the issues she attempts to raise, her brief does not present anything for appellate review.