Crim-PJC-StackAt the start of 2015, we will be publishing the first volume of the revised series on Criminal Pattern Jury Charges: Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges—General, Evidentiary, and Ancillary Instructions. The new volume will focus on instructions for issues that could apply to any criminal trial, such as instructions on the admissibility of evidence, instructions on presumptions and transferred intent, and punishment instructions.

This volume will feature four new chapters, in addition to updated content previously published in various volumes of the current Criminal Pattern Jury Charges series (and that will now appear only in this volume of the reorganized series).

A draft of “Chapter 7—Presumptions” and “Chapter 9—Out-of-Court Statements” in Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges—General, Evidentiary, and Ancillary Instructions is now available for review. Please take the time to review the new material and send comments to As always, TexasBarBooks appreciates your assistance in crafting jury charges that are the most widely accepted in Texas.

Please check back soon for the proposed chapters: “Chapter 6—Lesser Included Offenses” and “Chapter 8—Exclusionary Rule Issues.”


Probate-3d-UpdateAn updated version of the Texas Probate System 2014 digital product is available for download.

The updated version includes a corrected and revised form 23, “Disclaimer of Full Interest in Estate” (a citation in the third paragraph was corrected, and other portions were rewritten for clarity) and a revised Special Instruction 58, “Who Inherits When There Is No Will” (in the section titled “Separate Property,” the words “for Life” were struck from the table titled “Other Property”). Also included are a new, Excel version of the Significant Date List (SDL) and an improved Excel version of the Master Information List (MIL).

To download the updated digital product, follow the instructions in the How to Download This System pages of your copy of the Texas Probate System, fourth edition.

Click here to download print versions of the affected pages (pages F‑23‑1–F‑23‑2 and S‑99–S‑100) for your hard copy of the System.

Munsinger talks Collaborative Law on Texas Public Radio

August 12, 2014

San Antonio attorney Kim Munsinger recently made an appearance with Julian Schwartz on Texas Public Radio to discuss the process of collaborative divorce, a fresh alternative to the approach of  settling divorces in courtrooms. Munsinger is an expert on the subject and has recently edited our own Collaborative Law—Start to Finish. Collaborative law utilizes tools […]

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Annual Meeting Panel Honors LBJ, the Civil Rights Act

July 28, 2014

Texas Bar TV has posted a recording of “Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act: A Remembrance,” the 2014 Bench Bar Breakfast Keynote panel at this year’s Annual Meeting. The panel features LBJ’s daughter Lynda Johnson Robb and Larry Temple, Austin attorney and former special counsel to LBJ. Author-attorney Talmage Boston serves as moderator. The […]

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The Texas Probate System: New Edition for a New Code

June 18, 2014

The replacement of the Texas Probate Code with the Texas Estates Code made the 4th edition of our Texas Probate System a uniquely important update. “There have been numerous updates and revisions in the past 40 or so years, but none as comprehensive as this one,” said editor James E. Brill, who has helmed the […]

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The Texas Probate System: A New Edition for a New Code (Live Webcast)

June 11, 2014

Approved for State Bar College Credit and Texas Board of Legal Specialization Credit in Estate Planning & Probate Law and Tax Law. Live Webcast! 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19th Join editors James E. Brill and Russell W. Hall for a guided tour.   Learn what’s behind the tabs and how the various […]

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Vote For the Harper Lee Prize Plus More in Legal Fiction

May 30, 2014

There is plenty to read this summer for Texas lawyers, and hopefully long stretches of leisure time will be available too. Here are a few items going on in the world of legal fiction in case you are looking to relax with a new title or two. The American Bar Association and the University of […]

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Free Chapter Preview: Collaborative Law—Start to Finish

April 30, 2014

TexasBarBooks wants to share our enthusiasm for our newest title, Collaborative Law— Start to Finish, by giving you a free preview of Chapter 1, “What is Collaborative Law?” In addition to the free preview, the book’s editor, Kim Munsinger, has written an informative piece for the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas Web site. The blog […]

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Download the Latest Free Residential Lease Form

March 24, 2014

The Free Residential Lease Form page, one of the most visited on the TexasBarBooks site, has been updated with the latest version of the form. Pending any further revisions, the May release of the Texas Real Estate Forms Manual (2nd ed.), 2014 Supplement will include this form. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about […]

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TexasBarBooks Products Adapt to New E-filing Mandates

March 3, 2014

The TexasBarBooks staff wants to assure our customers that we have e-filing in mind when it comes to compliance with the Texas Supreme Court mandates that began rolling out on January 1, 2014. Starting with the recent release of the Texas Guardianship Manual’s 2013 Supplement, our products will include all necessary changes, and also have form features […]

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