Beck Redden Wins Appellate Victory Interpreting the Estates Code

  • February 11, 2016

In Lawton v. Lawton, Beck Redden won an appeal addressing a question under the Texas Estates Code:  whether closing an estate precludes claims in a separate lawsuit based on breach of fiduciary duty in the estate administration.  The First Court of Appeals held these claims were not barred because an order closing an estate is not a final judgment on the merits.  The court therefore reversed a take-nothing summary judgment, remanding the case to the trial court and allowing Beck Redden’s client to proceed with his claims.  

Beck Redden lawyers Connie Pfeiffer and William Peterson handled the appeal.  They collaborated with Esther Anderson, of Anderson Pfeiffer PC, who handled the case in the trial court.  The Court’s unanimous opinion is attached.