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

EDITOR’S NOTE: 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… Read More

Medical Records in Will Contests under Texas Law: Confidentiality and Privileges

EDITOR’S NOTE: A will contest or dispute under Texas law may involve issues surrounding medical or psychological help. In this blog post, we review the balancing act between a right to privacy and the discoverability of this type of documentation. If you or a loved one are facing a possible will contest in the Dallas… Read More

The Duties of Personal Representatives Under Texas Law

EDITOR’S NOTE: Many people set up trusts to manage their financial affairs under Texas law, both while they are alive and many times after they are deceased. The trust may have a so-called “personal representative.” In this blog post, we discuss the responsibilities of the so-called “personal representative.” If you or a loved one is… Read More

Secured Creditors and Estate Disputes: Some Issues Under Texas Law

April 26, 2017 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas, Texas, law firm specializing in probate, estate, and trust disputes and litigation at  is proud to announce that J. Brian Thomas, a senior probate litigation attorney with the firm, will be giving a presentation on “Intestacy” and “Litigating the case in Probate Court” at… Read More

Burdette & Rice Announces Presentation on Probate Litigation for Attorneys in Frisco and Nearby North Texas Cities

April 26, 2017 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas, Texas, law firm specializing in probate, estate, and trust disputes and litigation at  is proud to announce that J. Brian Thomas, a senior probate litigation attorney with the firm, will be giving a presentation on “Intestacy” and “Litigating the case in Probate Court” at… Read More

Death and Taxes: Some Basics on Estates and Taxes

EDITOR’S NOTE: For obvious reasons, anyone who has had a loved one die and/or is the trustee on an estate will need to file certain state and federal tax forms. As leading probate attorneys in Dallas, we often get asked questions about tax filing requirements for estates. This blog overviews the high level requirements, but… Read More

A Key Evidence in Texas Will Contests: The Estate Planner

EDITOR’S NOTE: There is much confusion as to the legal requirements for a will. Terms such as “probate” or “will” have very specific meanings under the law, even though common usage of those terms doesn’t necessarily correspond to their actual meaning. In this blog post, we overview the basic requirements to probate a will under Texas… Read More

NFA Gun Trusts and Estate Planning Under Texas Law

EDITOR’S NOTE: Among the property owned by many estates are guns. Guns are, of course, regulated by various government authorities, including the Federal government and the State of Texas. This blog post discusses an NFA gun trust and issues surrounding any estate that contains guns as properties. If you or a loved one has an… Read More