Debra Catalani, daughter of Billie Ray Hood, hired attorneys to gain control over her mother’s assets after Billie Ray was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Catalini was granted control by Texas judge Jack Rickhoff, stripping Billie Ray’s husband, Jack Hood, of his rights. According to the Section 883 of the Texas Probate Law, Hood should have been granted control.
Section 883 states that when one spouse is incapacitated, the other spouse “acquires full power to manage, control and dispose of the entire community estate as community administrator.”
Judge Rickhoff disregarded the Texas probate law. Hood is fighting the decision providing proof that he is mentally stable and can handle the estate. He claims his stepdaughter’s intentions are to “sqaunder their money.”
For more information about probate and resolving conflicts, contact the McAllen probate attorneys of Barrera, Sanchez & Assoc., P.C. at 956-287-7555.