Harrison v. Reiner, 607 S.W.3d 450 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2020, pet. filed).

Estate Administration

Dischargeability of Judgment Against Independent Executor

The trial court order provided that a judgment against an administratrix would not be dischargeable in bankruptcy. The appellate court explained that bankruptcy courts have exclusive jurisdiction to determine whether a debt is dischargeable. Accordingly, the court modified the judgment to remove the improper language.

Moral:  Only a bankruptcy court can determine whether a debt owed by an estate’s personal representative is dischargeable if the representative files for bankruptcy.