Kankonde v. Mankan, No. 08-20-00052-CV, 2020 WL 5105806 (Tex. App.—El Paso Aug. 31, 2020, no pet. h.).

Estate Administration



The appellate court dismissed an appeal for want of prosecution because the appellants, a decedent’s estate and a corporation, did not obtain an attorney to pursue the appeal. The court explained that “a non-attorney cannot litigate an appeal on behalf of an estate or a corporate entity.” The decedent’s wife was not an attorney and thus the appellate brief she filed was of no legal effect.

Moral:  Only licensed attorneys may represent a decedent’s estate at trial or on appeal.