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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There is no Cause of Action in Texas for Intentional Interference with an Inheritance.

image from https://s3.amazonaws.com/feather-client-files-aviary-prod-us-east-1/2018-06-27/46d23c71-cffe-401e-8469-873ce1167cf4.pngOn June 22, 2018, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Archer v Anderson, No. 16-0256, 2018 Tex. LEXIS 611. Provided below is a summary of the case.

Richard Archer and Richard’s six children (the Archers) brought this action against Ted Anderson’s estate for intentional interference with their inheritance, alleging that Anderson influenced Jack Archer to disinherit them. The jury found in favor of the Archers. On appeal, the court of appeals concluded that the Supreme Court has never recognized tortious interference with inheritance as a cause of action in Texas and deferred to the Supreme Court to decide whether to do so. The court then reversed and rendered judgment for Anderson. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the tort of interference with inheritance is not recognized in Texas.



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