Texas wills and requirements
Front of Card:
The rules of intestate succession are provided by statute. Intestate succession deals with how to distribute separate and community property to the heirs of a decedent who died intestate. How the property is distributed depends on who is alive at the time of the intestate’s death.
One statute that deals with intestate succession is the “laughing heir statute.” What is the “laughing heir” statute?
Back of Card:
Recommended by the Uniform Probate Code, a “laughing heir” statute provides that a person more remotely related than grandparents or their issue does not inherit from an intestate. Therefore, great-grandparents, great-uncles, great-aunts, or their descendants are not entitled to inherit through intestate succession.
The Texas Probate Code does not have such a statute. As you will see in the cards that follow, remote relatives are able to inherit property through the laws of intestate succession.
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