Family comparison agreements are the preferred way to handle estate disputes in Texas. These agreements should enable the parties to avoid the uncertainties and costs of litigation. This guarantees an end of the year that is often desired in inheritance matters. A family comparison agreement is solid gold in the inheritance court. The Court does not even have the power to approve or reject them. All parties sign it, it is filed before the Court and acts as both a binding and enforceable contract. If put right, it`s a great protection against future liabilities and claims from heirs who spent their inheritance much faster than they ever imagined (and now that they`re thinking about it, they really should have heard more). Once the documents relating to the results of the negotiations have been prepared and signed by all parties, the agreement will be submitted to the Tribunal and will become an enforceable and binding contract. In this case, one of the siblings argued that the other had breached the agreement by not signing an easement.
The court describes it this way: all this does not mean that you should enter into a family comparison agreement in which your interests are not fairly defended. However, if you have a lawyer and have a good idea of the outcome of the problem and what the cost might be without an agreement, not only can you save a lot of money and time, but sometimes a family comparison agreement can also help you establish a good or at least a bearable relationship with other potential heirs. Or sometimes not. Often, an ASL is used to overcome the effects of a poorly drafted will. In other cases, it is a kind of magic wand to settle estate disputes. There are few ailments that a well-designed ASL cannot cure. The solution of the succession lasted five years. Meanwhile, the son-in-law kept his cattle on the ranch. The appeal procedure was challenged. The parties entered into a family comparison contract to divide the land, build a fence and build an access road.
The parties eventually argued over whether they were complying with the terms of the family conciliation agreement and further disputes arose. . . .