Many people have dreams in life that simply do not pan out. Individuals may accept this outcome and move on with their lives. However, others may find out later that a loved one's actions prevented their dreams from coming true. In some cases, this information may not come to light until after the loved one's passing. As a result, probate litigation could take place in hopes of addressing damages.
Texas readers may be intrigued by such a case in another state. Reports indicated that after her mother's recent passing, a woman read the mother's diary and discovered that the mother had made a decision on behalf of the woman that changed her life. When she was 18 years old, the woman had won a contest due to her French-speaking abilities, and as a result, she had been offered full tuition to any university in France. However, the mother did not want her daughter to leave and sent a reply declining the offer.
After finding out about the offer and her mother's decision, the woman now wonders whether she could pursue part of the estate to go to France and study. The mother reportedly left her estate to her grandchildren and to charity. However, the woman could pursue a claim against the estate. She may be able to act as a creditor and work to have her claim paid from the estate, but such a claim could be denied. Still, she may have others options, such as pursuing a lawsuit against the estate for the desired compensation.
Though most people want to think the best of their parents, learning about major decisions they made that may have negatively influenced individuals' lives can be disconcerting. As this case shows, some Texas residents may have reason to pursue compensation from their parents' estates due to decisions made on their behalves. This type of situation can prove immensely complicated, especially if probate litigation occurs. Therefore, individuals may wish to bring in professional legal help to better face their predicaments.