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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book on Texas Pattern Jury Charges


The State Bar Committee on Pattern Jury Charges recently published the 2012 edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges – Family & Probate.  Provided below is a description of the book from Texas Bar Books:

The 2012 edition of Texas Pattern Jury Charges—Family & Probate, incorporates, for the first time, pattern jury charges developed by the Pattern Jury Charges Probate subcommittee, encompassing will contests, express trusts, guardianship of adults, and involuntary commitments. While still offering the revised and updated family charges you’ve come to rely on, this edition includes four new chapters.

The assistance that this excellent resource offers extends beyond providing definitions, instructions, and questions useful for drafting charges in your jury trials. Many practitioners find it very helpful in preparing findings of fact and conclusions of law in nonjury cases and in identifying issues and evidence requirements in family and probate cases generally. Comments provide a ready reference to the source of each charge and instructions on when to use it.

Texas Pattern Jury Charges–Family & Probate digital product contains the entire book as a hyperlinked and word-searchable PDF file. All charge language is included as RTF files linked to the comments for quick retrieval and assembly of jury charges. Texas and federal case citations are linked to the online version of the Casemaker Web Library. Texas and federal statute citations are linked to the main code section cited via Casemaker online.


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