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Pro Se Executors - Unauthorized Practice of Law, or Not?

Show simple item record Hatfield, Michael 2010-04-03T19:59:39Z 2010-04-03T19:59:39Z 2007
dc.identifier.citation 59 Baylor L. Rev. 329 en_US
dc.description.abstract This Article clarifies why under Texas law an individual named as executor in a will has the right to offer the will for probate and otherwise appear in a probate court without hiring a lawyer. This Article first provides an overview of the independent administration provision of the Texas probate code before reviewing the unauthorized practice of law prohibition and the pro se exception. After establishing that executors qualify for the pro se exception in Texas because executors appearing in court are exercising their own management rights—rather than the rights of “the estate” or the beneficiaries—the Article explores suggestions of court reform to be considered in light of those pro se rights. The Article concludes with the suggestion that it is probably unwise for most executors to proceed pro se regardless of their right to do so. en_US
dc.publisher Baylor Law Review
dc.subject Probate court en_US
dc.subject Individual executor en_US
dc.subject Texas probate code en_US
dc.subject Unauthorized practice of law en_US
dc.subject Pro se exception en_US
dc.subject Professional responsibility
dc.subject Fiduciary
dc.title Pro Se Executors - Unauthorized Practice of Law, or Not? en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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