Friday, October 09, 2009

Recodification of Texas Probate Code Can Be Followed Online as the New Texas Estates and Guardianship Code is Revealed

The Texas Legislative Council has undertaken the huge job of revising the Texas Probate Code -- nonsubstantively.  The Probate Code Revision Project is headed by TLC's Maria Breitschopf, and if you have any comments or questions about the Project, you can call her at (512) 463-1155 or write her at P.O. Box 12128, Austin, Texas 78711.

What's Going to Happen to the Texas Probate Code as we know it?

First, it's being reorganized not rewritten.  Currently, TLC envisions recodifying the current Texas Probate Code.  Meetings will be held periodically during the entirety of the process with probate law experts as the project progresses. 

Why Are They Doing This?

The TLC has undertaken this task because they're required to do so by the Texas Legislature.  Section 323.007 of the Texas Government Code mandates a complete nonsubstantive revision of the Texas statutes.

Proposed "Texas Estates and Guardianship Code" Chapters Available for Review Online

The TLC has published proposed chapters that can be read online or downloaded in either Word or .pdf formats.  Currently, Title 1 (General Provisions) and Title 2 (Estates of Decedents) are available.