Testimonials

Read testimonials and reviews by our clients here and around the web. Because every situation is different, please contact us for a free initial consultation or just call 972-991-7000.

L. Wayne D. – Portland, Oregon – December, 2016

We want to express our gratitude for your firm’s dogged efforts and dedication to our probate case. This long, arduous, upsetting and disruptive ordeal could only have been endured with the skilled work of our team Mark Caldwell, Sarah Toraason, Murray Camp and Lisa Hagar by our sides. They have been more than generous and supportive with their time and advice. Each one of them endured the expressions of our anxiety and concern and then calmed our fears along the way with their expertise.

These individuals are some of the hardest working and most sincere people we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They did a tremendous job and they cried alongside us as we got our successful verdict. We will surely consider them our friends for the rest of our lives.

We are so grateful for the outcome and can now have a sense of closure that they have delivered into our hands. We really can’t thank all the partners and your entire staff enough for taking on our horrific family problem and transform it into what is now inner peace over our father’s death.

You have our deepest respect and admiration.

J.P. – Texas – November, 2015

Information is power and without it we lack the ability to make accurate decisions, which is why it is so often withheld to give an enemy advantage. I have been involved in a probate case that dragged on and on and left me wondering who I could trust to be honest and effective in protecting my rights. I had the luck to be referred to Burdette & Rice for help. Information I could not acquire myself was obtained in a timely manner and I was amazed at what was being withheld from me. I am very impressed with the firm and appreciative of J. Ellen Bennett’s light touch that helped me in a difficult time in my life while she and Burdette & Rice worked to successfully bring me a substantial inheritance. I am passing the referral to others that they may be so blessed.

Laurel T. – Dallas, Texas – September, 2015

I waited for almost four years after my mother’s death for a brother to perform his responsibilities as executor, so that my elderly father had the resources needed to live with dignity, quality, and comfort. I could see that the odds were increasing that Dad would expire before any progress whatsoever occurred. A prestigious law firm in my locale recommended Burdette & Rice, PLLC, with offices back home in North Texas, convenient to my father’s residence. I discussed my situation with J. Ellen Bennett, attorney, within only a few days of my initial contact with the firm, provided the retainer, and the hard and painful work commenced to have the irresponsible and uncaring brother disqualified and replaced by my other brother.

The process took much longer than it should have, due to the resistance exerted by the executor and his legal representation. This was my legal action, mine alone, and yet the opposing side decided to muddy the waters and prolong the inevitable, including causing my kind, weary, 83-year-old father (as well as the court stenographer) to weep in his deposition due to the hateful accusations and treatment of the opposing lawyer. Throughout twenty-one months of what I will remember as hell on earth, Ms. Bennett and the staff at Burdette & Rice, PLLC, supported my cause and my spirits. I watched as other lawyers involved in the case bullied and manipulated their clients. Ms. Bennett was consistently professional, supportive, skilled, and on task. I recommend without hesitation J. Ellen Bennett specifically and the firm of Burdette & Rice, PLLC, to anyone unfortunate enough to find themselves in a similar situation, where improper actions and/or non-action committed by an executor can only be addressed by taking swift and unwavering legal action.

Julie E. – Dallas, Texas – September, 2015

I cannot say enough good things about the way that Ellen Bennett handled my case for a guardianship over my mother. My brother and I went through several attorneys who were unable to help us because they did not know what we could do for our schizophrenic mother. It was heartbreaking for my brother and I to watch our mother waste her assets and endanger herself and others. At one point my mother told me she wanted to kill herself because she could not deal with “the voices” anymore. When I initially contacted Ellen, she immediately put me at ease by saying she had some ideas on how to approach getting a guardianship. Ellen worked diligently and efficiently to facilitate the paperwork necessary for us. She was patient when I worried and had questions. She always communicated well with me and responded to my email. The fees charged were very fair and I always got a detailed invoice. I would not hesitate to recommend Ellen to others who are in need of a guardianship or estate administration. Respectfully, Julia E.

Lonnie B, Dallas, Texas – June, 2015

How can one best describe Attorney Brian Thomas, Burdette & Rice? This man knows probate law and he certainly proved that with us because he won my lawsuit for me. I became aware of Brian Thomas’ expert probate knowledge right away. Prior to speaking with Attorney Thomas, I had spoken with another probate attorney that felt I did not have a chance due to a statute of limitations. My wife would not allow us to give up, so she discovered Attorney Thomas on the internet. When we met with him, he immediately advised us that there was not a statute of limitations issue prevailing in my case. Brian kept us informed on every aspect of this lawsuit and was extremely patient and kind regarding my feelings on having to file this lawsuit against my brother. I actually never felt a need to phone Brian to inquire about a status of this lawsuit since he always kept me up-to-date and informed. I trusted his knowledge and felt comfortable just allowing him to do his magic. Nicole, Brian’s Assistant, is additionally wonderful to work with. She was always there to assist. By the time I got to Brian, I literally felt beaten down. I did not realize it at the time but my brother, Executor, had determined on his own volition that I was undeserving of the inheritance left to me by my Dad and chose to steal it. Until I retained Brian, I was kept in the dark about the estate and the disbursement of funds. I was continually mailing certified letters to both my brother and the Estate Attorney with no response. The adversity placed on me by my brother and the Estate Attorney was not imagined. They tried it on Brian Thomas but the outcome was not pretty for them. Brian fought for me. I wanted justice and I wanted a court of law to inform my brother that what he did was wrong. That happened for me plus I did get that stolen inheritance owed to me, thanks to Brian Thomas. Brian, you can always depend on me for a telephonic referral should someone be “on the fence” as to whether to retain you or not. You were the absolute best. I felt the Lord led us to you. God Bless You.  

Linda S, Dallas, Texas – March, 2013

Elliott has been my estate attorney and friend for 7 years. He handled the estates of both my mother and cousin plus he drafted my will, trusts and other paperwork. He is an excellent attorney, kind, understanding, always returning a call when contacted. His staff is equally qualified and available to answer any questions. I have given his name to many friends as the best estate attorney in the Dallas area and will continue to do so. I highly recommend Elliott Burdette as the finest estate attorney in the area and perhaps in the state of Texas.

Source: Avvo.com, here.

Richard R. – Sedona, AZ – October 16, 2014.

I am voluntarily writing this testimonial to confirm my extreme satisfaction with the legal services that we received from Burdette & Rice, PLLC, especially with Elliott Burdette who personally handled our case. As we all know, legal representation is expensive. It is essential to know if one is getting your money’s worth when hiring a legal representative. I can assure anyone reading this testimonial that you will be in good hands with Burdette and Rice.

My aging mother and myself, her only child, were involved in an acrimonious estate dispute. Mom is recently widowed from her second husband, with whom she had enjoyed a long, loving relationship. They fell in love and married late in life after both being widowed from their first spouses. I too developed a long and loving relationship with my stepfather, which even included going into business in a partnership.

Upon my step father’s passing, it soon became clear that he had not tied up some loose ends regarding his estate pertaining to my mother, who is by this time in her 90s. At the same time I also found myself, by my stepfather/business partner’s death, now business partners with my stepfather’s adult children.

Burdette & Rice ReviewsIt became apparent soon after my stepfather’s death that his adult children from his first marriage were taking an adversarial position toward my mother regarding the estate and likewise toward me regarding the business, in both cases, disregarding the promises and agreements made with the deceased. This is not the time to go into detail. Suffice it to say that it was an acrimonious and emotional time. I was desperate to find good legal representation in Dallas for my mother and myself. I enlisted the advice of a close friend who had a connection at a prominent law firm. He said he would check around. He called me back and told me to someone at the firm have heard from someone else about a small boutique firm in Dallas called Burdette & Rice.

I did some research and found that they specialized in estate disputes and that they had an office only a few blocks from my mother’s residence in North Dallas. I considered this, at the time, fortuitous. I gave him a call right away. Elliot Burdette agreed to a consultation.
I cannot say enough good things about the way that Ellen Bennett handled my case for a guardianship over my mother. My brother and I went through several attorneys who were unable to help us because they did not know what we could do for our schizophrenic mother. It was heartbreaking for my brother and I to watch our mother waste her assets and endanger herself and others. At one point my mother told me she wanted to kill herself because she could not deal with “the voices” anymore. When I initially contacted Ellen, she immediately put me at ease by saying she had some ideas on how to approach getting a guardianship. Ellen worked diligently and efficiently to facilitate the paperwork necessary for us. She was patient when I worried and had questions. She always communicated well with me and responded to my email. The fees charged were very fair and I always got a detailed invoice. I would not hesitate to recommend Ellen to others who are in need of a guardianship or estate administration. Respectfully, Julia Elina, MS,CCC-SLP, J.D.
From the first few moments of our meeting I began to feel more confident regarding our predicament. I can say that retaining Elliot Burdette to represent myself and my mother was a very good decision. Elliot defended our interests aggressively and with great expertise. I feel that he showed great interest and concern with our case. I always felt that he was focused on our best interest in working diligently to produce the best possible outcome. His soft-spoken yet firm approache is evidence of his knowledge and experience. His diplomatic skill is impressive. He prevented a lawsuit and kept us out of court, while at the same time achieving what was needed to satisfy both my mothers’ and my needs. I cannot recommend Elliot Burdette and Burdette & Rice, PLLC, more highly. I am confident that we got our money’s worth.

~ Richard R.

Burdette & Rice Reviews from Around the Internet

  • Lawyer Elliott Burdette at Avvo.  “Great Experience. Elliott was great with my family. He was very outgoing and friendly but very professional. He is very good at what he does! Elliott got everything… ” Read more.
  • Lawyer Edward Rice at Avvo.  “Ed Rice clerked for the Chief Justice of the 14th Court of Appeals before he began private practice as a civil litigator in a firm with just under 90 lawyers in 1988. In over twenty-five years of practice, he spent about four years analyzing and reviewing trial court decisions for the appellate courts, and spent the rest of that time litigating in trial and appellate courts… ” Read more.
  • Lawyer Mark R. Caldwell at Avvo. “An Extremely Competent Lawyer. Mark was very adept at resolving a probate case involving a very recalcitrant executor and an heir(myself). This was resolved in my favor in a… ”  Read more.
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