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Court Affirmed The Probate Of A Will Where The Testator, A Quadriplegic, Blinked His Desires To Draft And Execute The Will

In Estate of Luce, the court of appeals affirmed a trial court’s admitting a will to probate where the decedent did not personally sign it and only communicating his desires by blinking. No. 02-17-00097-CV, 2018 Tex. App. LEXIS 9341 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth November 15, 2018, no pet. history). The testator was in a serious accident… Continue Reading

Please Release Me, Let Me Go: Court Affirms The Appointment Of A Receiver Over Ray Price’s Assets Pending A Contest

In In re Estate of Price, Ray Price, a renowned country music singer and songwriter, died in 2013 and was survived by his wife and his biological son. No. 06-16-00062-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 1265 (Tex. App.—Texarkana February 15, 2017, no pet. history). Crazy Arms [And Maybe Mind?]. Shortly before Price’s death, and while he… Continue Reading

Court Affirms Denial Of Statutory Bill Of Review From A Trust Contest

In In re Estate of Kam, Kam sought to set aside an order probating her brother’s will via a statutory bill of review because he purportedly lacked the requisite testamentary capacity to execute the will or the will was the result of undue influence. No. 05-16-00126-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 13837, *13-14 (Tex. App.—Dallas December… Continue Reading

Court Refuses To Enforce Arbitration Clause Due To Lack Of Mental Capacity

In Oak Crest Manor Nursing Home, LLC v. Barba, a plaintiff sued a nursing home for negligently allowing a patient with mental disorders to leave the facility and jump from a bridge in an attempt to commit suicide. No. 03-16-00514-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 12710 (Tex. App.—Austin December 1, 2016). The nursing home filed a… Continue Reading

When is a Will Not a Will? Court Determines that “Will” Was Not a Valid Will or a Valid Gift Deed and that Decedent Later Lacked Mental Capacity to Deed the Property

In Lemus v. Aguilar, relatives fought over ownership of a decedent’s home.  No. 04-14-00609-CV, 2016 Tex. App. LEXIS 2685 (Tex. App.—San Antonio Mar. 16, 2016, no pet. h.).  Elvira, the deceased, lived in her home for over 20 years with her boyfriend, Garza.  Elvira and Garza were named managing conservators of her daughter Annette’s three… Continue Reading
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