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Tortious interference with inheritance rights in Texas--Yes or No?

Pending before the Texas Supreme Court is this very question: Does Texas law recognize a claim for tortious interference with inheritance rights? At this time, there is a split between Texas appellate courts. Courts in San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso have recognized a cause of action for tortious interference with inheritance rights. Austin has held that the cause of action does not exist and therefore cannot be enforced. The Fort Worth Court of Appeals, however, has not made an affirmative finding.