Glenn Karisch's 2013 Texas Legislative Update is now available in pdf format here. Bill Pargaman's more extensive legislative update is available on the Saunders Norval Pargaman & Atkins resources page here.
Resources about the 2013 changes may be found on Texas Probate's 2013 Legislation page. The change that estate planning, probate and trust lawyers will notice most is the new Estates Code, which replaces the Probate Code effective January 1, 2014. There also was a significant change to the Trust Code permitting decanting of trusts.
Two statutory forms changed, effective for use beginning January 1, 2014:
See Glenn Karisch's musings about the new statutory durable power of attorney form here.
The most significant 2013 changes will be summarized in a series of posts following this one. Most of the changes become effective January 1, 2014, although some (particularly the trust law changes) become effective September 1, 2013.