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Friday, August 17, 2007

Texas Estate Planning Statute Book Published

Teps_2008_cover_webProf. Gerry W. Beyer (Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law) has recently authored a book entitled Texas Estate Planning Statutes with Commentary published by the Aspen Publishers division of Wolters Kluwer.

This book is a compilation of Texas statutes which are significant to courses related to estate planning such as Wills & Estates, Trusts, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Elder Law, and Guardianship.  Prof. Beyer includes commentary entitled Statutes in Context to many sections.  These annotations provide background information, explanations, and citations to key cases which should assist students in identifying the significance of the statutes and how they operate.


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I'm curious as to how this book deals with cases like Anna Nicole Smiths' which don't seem to follow the typical probate course. That case not only set a precedent with a new interpretation of the probate exception but also altered the available options of those contesting an estate's distribution.

Posted by: Mason | Aug 20, 2007 5:26:20 PM

I think when you get into the Anna Nicole saga you'd need a whole book unto itself. A good bit of that case's history is nearly unprecedented and defies what probate law should dictate. It should have ended in probate court where it originated but it seems to have legs that won't quit. It has gotten to where it would be a really good case study because both sides have had their victories and losses...stay tuned for the conclusion.

Posted by: Belicoso | Aug 22, 2007 7:27:25 AM

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