In re Estate of Scott, 364 S.W.3d 926 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, no pet.).


Estate Administration


Order Approving Account for Final Settlement


The trial court issued an order approving an account for final settlement and authorizing the distribution of the estate.  The order also specified that additional steps are required before the estate could be closed such as distributing the estate pursuant to a determination of heirship.  The appellate court held that this order is not final and thus not appealable because the “order merely sets the stage for a further resolution of the proceeding.”


Moral:  An order approving account for final settlement is interlocutory and consequently not appealable.