Estate of Maupin, No. 13-17-00555-CV, 2019 WL 3331463 (Tex. App.—Corpus Christi-Edinburg July 25, 2019, no pet. h.)

Estate Administration

Pro Se


Husband appealed the trial court’s sua sponte order admitting Wife’s will to probate as a muniment of title rather than granting him letters testamentary. The appellate court agreed with the trial court’s decision because Husband was proceeding pro se. The local court rules of Travis County preclude a person from acting pro se from administering the estate of a decedent even if the person is the sole beneficiary of the decedent’s will.

Moral:  A person named as the independent executor and sole beneficiary of a will is precluded from proceeding pro se to administer the testator’s estate.