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CollabLaw-UpdateAn updated Word form for Collaborative Law—Start to Finish is available for download.

Click the download button below for a zip file containing the updated version of Form 12. Save the file to the desktop and extract the Word document without modifying its file name.

Then simply drag the new form into your Collaborative Law digital product’s subfolder entitled “Forms.” When prompted, overwrite the old version of Form 12 and your digital product will be fully up to date.

Collaborative Law Update Download

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.

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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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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Links Concerning the Recent Net Neutrality Rulings

January 30, 2014

The Net neutrality debate continues to unfold. On January 14, in the Verizon v. FCC case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the Federal Communications Commission overstepped its authority in imposing “open Internet rules” on the Internet Service Provider (ISP) Verizon Communications, Inc. Currently, all legally permissible information on the Internet […]

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New Texas Estates Code Conversion Chart Available

January 16, 2014

With the transition from the Texas Probate Code to the new Texas Estates Code comes potential confusion and extra time spent making your documents accurate. TexasBarBooks thought it would be worthwhile to point out that author, blogger, and Texas Tech law professor Gerry W. Beyer has posted a conversion chart to his Web site regarding the changes. Simply click […]

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Texas Bar Journal Seeking Short Story Contest Entries

December 16, 2013

Our friends at the Texas Bar Journal want to share your creative writing. The Texas Bar Journal Short Story Contest has returned! The Journal staff seeks attorney-authored short stories, running 2000 words or less, by March 3, 2014. For official rules and additional contest information click here. The decision to offer the contest, last run […]

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TCPJC Defenses and Intoxication Editions Now on Sale

November 19, 2013

Our Texas Criminal Pattern Jury Charges series has two new editions available for purchase. Both the Defenses and Intoxication and Controlled Substances volumes include updates in accordance with the 83rd Legislature and are current with relevant case law. Each edition costs $125 and, as always, can be bought as part of the whole four-volume set at a price of $400. In addition, you […]

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