Dowell v. Quiroz, 462 S.W.3d 578 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi 2015, no pet.).

Estate Administration



The appellate court held that a statutory county court at law with probate jurisdiction does not have subject matter jurisdiction to hear survival and wrongful death claims that are incident to an estate under Probate Code § 5A as it existed on the date the claims were filed. This appears consistent with current law under Estates Code § 31.002(b).


Moral:  A party bringing survival or wrongful death claims must ascertain the correct court in which to bring the actions.