Terms Used In Texas Human Resources Code Chapter 1
Child: includes an adopted child, regardless of whether the adoption occurred through: (1) an existing or former statutory procedure; or (2) an equitable adoption or acts of estoppel. See Texas Estates Code 22.004
Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
Estate: means a decedent's property, as that property: (1) exists originally and as the property changes in form by sale, reinvestment, or otherwise; (2) is augmented by any accretions and other additions to the property, including any property to be distributed to the decedent's representative by the trustee of a trust that terminates on the decedent's death, and substitutions for the property; and (3) is diminished by any decreases in or distributions from the property. See Texas Estates Code 22.012