Laughing Heir Statutes

There is a peculiar series of stories in popular culture where a person receives some massive sum of money or property upon the death of a relative they never knew. While these tales may go on to tell some moral about spending wisely and inner wealth, there are some states where this simply is not legally possible. Known as a laughing heir statutes, some states have created estate laws that prohibit heirship to an individual too distantly removed from the settlor, or the person who set up the trust or inheritance.

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Laughing Heirs and Texas Probate Law

Certain states limit the degree of relation that a person may have to claim an estate. If no one is alive to benefit from that estate, the state will take ownership over that property. Laughing heir statutes work in the following ways in Texas:

  • Texas has no laughing heir statutes
  • in the state of Texas, relatives can be extremely distant and receive inheritance
  • if no relatives whatsoever are found, friends may file legitimate claims

As a result of Texas state law, the state government does not take control over properties simply because no nearby relatives can be found. Even without family members, those who can demonstrate some sort of meaningful relationship to the settlor may file for control over the estate.

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