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Dallas Probate Law Firm, Burdette & Rice, Announces Successful Presentation to Dallas County Estate and Probate Attorneys by David Mead

Dallas, Texas – July 31, 2018. Burdette & Rice, one of the leading estate, trust, and probate litigation law firms in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex, is proud to announce that attorney David Mead gave a well-received presentation to Dallas county estate and probate attorneys on the topic of handling probate matters. Continue reading

Burdette & Rice, a Leading Dallas Probate Law Firm, Announces Successful California Presentation on Multistate Probate Issues

Dallas, Texas – July 27, 2018. Burdette & Rice, a leading probate law firm based in Dallas, Texas, is proud to announce that attorneys Sarah Toraason and Mark Caldwell gave a successful presentation in San Diego, California, on multi-state probate issues. Continue reading

Burdette & Rice, a Leading Dallas, Texas, Law Firm for Guardianship Disputes under Texas Law, Announces New Designation for Attorney Ellen Bennett

March 31, 2018 – Dallas, Texas. Leading Dallas, Texas, trust and estate litigation law firm, Burdette & Rice is proud to announce that attorney Ellen Bennett, who is Texas Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, has been invited to serve as an instructor for trusts, estates and guardianships in the Dallas Bar Association’s Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP). Continue reading

Leading Texas Law Firm for Probate, Estate, and Trust Litigation, Burdette & Rice, Announces Presentation to Houston Business & Estate Planning Council

Houston, Texas – March 23, 2018. Burdette & Rice, a leading Texas law firm focused on litigation in probate, estate, and trust litigation, is proud to announce that firm attorneys Mark Caldwell and Brian Thomas gave a successful presentation in February, 2018, to the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council on how estate attorneys can minimize problems for their clients which often arise in connection with the use of powers of attorney. Continue reading

Texas Homestead Law: an Easy Explanation of How it Works

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Many clients ask us about Texas Homestead Law. Typical questions are ‘What does a homestead exemption do in Texas?,’ or ‘Who qualifies for a homestead exemption in Texas.’ In this blog post, we explain what the homestead exemption is, and the basics of how it works in Texas. Remember, however, that if you are doing estate planning or perhaps facing a potential probate, trust, or estate dispute, reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation. No two situations are alike, and only an attorney consultation can function as the first step towards a correct understanding of the facts and the law.

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Life Estates under Texas Law: Q&A about What are Life Estates in Texas

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Many clients ask us about so-called Texas life estates, specifically what a life estate means under Texas law as well as how they work and who pays taxes on a life estate. As probate, estate, and trust lawyers here in the Dallas area, we often summarize quick answers to such questions in our blog. Accordingly, in this blog post we will review the basics of life estates in Texas. Remember, however, that if you have questions about probate, estates, or trusts under Texas law (up to and including disputes and/or litigation), reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation.

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Undue Influence under Texas Law: of Will Contests & More

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Many clients ask us about so-called “undue influence” under Texas law, generally with regard to a potential will contest or some type of trust or estate law. As probate, estate, and trust lawyers here in the Dallas area, we often summarize quick answers to such questions in our blog. Accordingly, in this blog post we will review the basics of undue influence in Texas. Remember, however, that if you have questions about a potential will contest under Texas law, reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation.

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Dallas Law Firm of Burdette & Rice Announces Paper Selection on Contested Guardianship Under Texas Law

Dallas, Texas – October 1, 2017. Burdette & Rice, considered one of the top Texas law firms for probate, estate, and trust litigation, is proud to announce that firm attorneys Mark Caldwell, Sarah Toraason, and David Mead have been selected to author a paper on constitutional issues in contested guardianships for the Texas Tech School of Law Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal. The firm has a strong commitment to continuing education in all formats – live presentations, online blog posts, and publication in prestigious journals. Continue reading

Leading Dallas, Texas, Estate Litigation Law Firm, Burdette & Rice Announces 2018 Paper by Attorney Mark Caldwell

Dallas, Texas – September 28, 2017. Burdette & Rice, one of the leading Texas estate, trust, and probate litigation law firms, is proud to announce that attorney Mark Caldwell has had the honor of having his paper on “Power of Attorney Litigation” accepted by the Thomson Reuters national publication, “Estate Planning,” for publication in early 2018. The journal, “Estate Planning,”  focuses on tax efficiency, asset protection, financial planning, charitable giving and the care of family members in diverse circumstances. Continue reading

Surrendering the Last Will and Testament of a Deceased Person Upon His Death

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Texas law has clear requirements regarding last wills and testaments, among them the requirement that any last will and testament be properly filed with the Court. If you or a loved one is facing a possible dispute or will contest under Texas law, reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation. We may be able to assist you in compelling a trustee to properly file and disseminate a last will and testament as required by law.

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