The Texas Probate System: New Edition for a New Code


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 Texas Probate System for the State Bar since he first conceived the idea for it in 1971.

Released in Spring 2014, all information is current, including citations, terminology, and statutory requirements applicable to the new Texas Estates Code. The edition also includes changes stemming from the 83rd legislative session and other useful tools designed for practical application with clients. This new edition is truly a must-have for your probate practice.  Learn more about the new edition’s features here.

The transition from the Texas Probate Code to the Texas Estates Code at the beginning of the year carried with it potential confusion for attorneys throughout the state; editors at the State Bar saw the change as an opportunity to look deep into our existing material and improve the functionality of the whole Texas Probate System, in addition to incorporating the new code and making the usual updates in law.

What resulted was a newly organized two-volume set and a user-friendly digital product intended to help simplify the complex matters of probate law and estate planning. Both the hard copy and digital product come with every purchase.

This edition also marks the collaboration of Brill with new editor Russell W. Hall. As a result, the Texas Probate System benefits from both Brill’s 40 years of irreplaceable experience and Hall’s many credentials, which include a certification in Estate Planning in Probate, with an LLM in tax, and an understanding of computers and concepts in systems analysis.

Hall volunteered countless hours writing, revising, editing, and applying his experience to the fourth edition, and Brill is now officially handing over the reins of editorship to Hall. Brill couldn’t be happier with the choice: “It would be difficult to imagine anyone else with such a pedigree or anyone else I would prefer as my successor. I hope that you will be as supportive of his work as you have been of mine.”