In re Estate of Brown, 346 S.W.3d 780 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2011, no pet.).


Estate Administration


Orders to Clear Title


The court held that orders to clear title to estate property are not appealable.  Instead, they are interlocutory because they are merely steps in the process of settling an estate.  The court explained, “There is no statute that makes an order approving a settlement agreement final and appealable.  Moreover, these two orders do not finally settle the estate.”  Id. at 781.


Moral:  The court’s approval of a settlement agreement which does not completely settle the estate is not appealable.