Elliott E. Burdette

Managing Director

Elliott E. Burdette - Dallas, Texas, Probate Attorney

For more than 30 years, Elliott has dedicated his law practice to estate planning, probate, trust and guardianship disputes. Throughout Texas, Elliott has worked with clients on all levels – from helping them prepare living trusts and wills to litigating high-stakes probate matters. He has a special passion for representing individuals wrongfully deprived or outright cheated of their expected inheritance and for bringing arrogant trustees and executors to justice.Elliott Burdette - One of the Top-rated Probate Attorneys in Texas

The core philosophy behind the Burdette & Rice team can be found in Elliott’s results-oriented approach to probate litigation. Listen, Advocate and Resolve are more than a catchy phrase by Elliott’s view. Drawing upon decades of experience, he has built a team that takes the time to listen and examine every client’s unique goals and involves every client in the advocacy of their case. Elliott considers it a privilege to protect each client’s legal rights.

Representative Experience

  • Numerous successful representation of beneficiaries whose rights to their family inheritance were threatened by the wrongful actions of others.
  • Successful representation of an elderly parent defending against the imposition of an unnecessary guardianship sought by one of the parent’s children
  • Successfully represented adult children in protecting their elderly parent from a private duty caregiver who had taken multiple inappropriate liberties.
  • Aided a family in successfully resisting the premature utilization of a Directive to Physicians regarding termination of a parent’s life


  • American Jurisprudence Award for the Course in Administrative Law
  • Private Bar Involvement Award by Dallas Bar Association and Legal Services of North Texas

Recent Public Speaking & Publications

  • Speaker, “Litigating Breach of Duty Issues Arising from Powers of Attorney,” Collin County Probate Bar Association, Plano, Texas (November 2012)
  • Speaker, “Remedies for Attorney-in-Fact Misconduct,” Texas State Bar Webinar, Austin, Texas (July 2012)
  • Co-Author, Winning the Battle and the War; A Remedies–Centered Approach to Litigation Involving Durable Powers of Attorney; 64 Baylor Law Review 435 (Spring 2012).
  • Speaker, “Will Contests,” Estate Planning Council of North Texas, Plano, Texas (March 2012)
  • Speaker, “Trustee Liability,” Tolleson Wealth Management, Dallas, Texas (March 2012)
  • Speaker, “How to Prevent Will Contests,” Ameriprise Financial Advisor Radio Broadcast, Dallas, Texas (January 2012)
  • Speaker, “Caregiver Misconduct and Resulting Agency Liability,” Annual Convention of the National Association of Private Duty Care Companies, Las Vegas, Nevada (November 2011)
  • Co-Author and Presenter, “Proof of Facts and Common Evidentiary Problems Encountered in Contested Probate Proceedings,” Seventh Probate Litigation Seminar sponsored by the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, Fort Worth, Texas (September 2010)
  • Speaker and presented paper at the Dallas Bar Association on multiple occasions on the topic of “Will or Trust–Which is Better for the Client?”
  • Community and Bar Association Involvement
  • Served on Board of Trustees of the North Texas Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Dallas, Texas (1994-1998)
  • Served on Board of Trustees of the Dallas Children’s Theatre, Dallas, Texas (2004-2008)
  • Committee Member, Dallas Subcommittee of the State Bar of Texas Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (1992-1999)
  • Vice Chair and Chair, Solo and Small Firm Section, Dallas Bar Association (1995, 1996)
  • Vice Chair and Chair, Membership and Admissions Committee, Dallas Bar Association (1997,1998)
  • Vice Chair and Chair, Minority Participation Committee, Dallas Bar Association (1999, 2000)
  • Elected as Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2002)
  • Fellow, College of the State Bar of Texas


  • American University in Paris
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University School of Law