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Gaining control of an estate may lead to probate litigation

| Aug 10, 2017 | Probate Litigation |

When a minor dies, surviving family members may have a difficult time addressing estate needs. The estate could face considerable issues, especially if there are multiple parties vying for control of the estate. It is not unusual for probate litigation to result. Texas residents may be interested in such a situation currently taking place in another state.

Reports indicated that the biological parents and adoptive grandparents of a 14-year-old girl who was murdered are fighting for control of the young girl’s estate. The girl died as a result of a plan concocted by her adoptive mother and the mother’s boyfriend to rape and murder the girl. The biological parents now want to gain control of her estate in hopes of finding out information regarding their two other children, who were also placed in foster care.

The biological parents also want control of the estate in hopes of gaining leverage as they take legal action against the foster care and adoption agencies responsible for their daughter’s case. The girl’s adoptive grandparents, however, feel that the role of administrators should fall to them. It was also noted the grandparents believe the biological parents’ interest in the estate questionable.

Gaining control of an estate can be a complicated endeavor. When conflicts arise that result in probate litigation, individuals may need information on how best to work toward the goals they hope to achieve in regard to their loved ones’ estates. Speaking with experienced Texas attorneys may be able to help concerned individuals better understand what actions may be necessary to address estate litigation issues.

Source: mcall.com, “Grace Packer’s grandparents battle her biological parents for estate rights“, Laurie Mason Schroeder, Aug. 4, 2017