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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

Avoiding Will Disputes in Texas by Full Compliance with Texas Law

EDITOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately, sometimes a will that should be considered valid in layperson’s terms but will not be considered valid by the courts in Texas. It cannot be “probated.” In this blog post, we explore the issue of a will in Texas that was not properly witnessed. This is just one example, however. If you… Read More

A Key Evidence in Texas Will Contests: The Estate Planner

EDITOR’S NOTE: In any potential dispute or estate litigation, it is imperative to establish the facts at hand. In this blog post, we go over the key role of the estate planning attorney. He or she can be a key source of evidence during any estate dispute to be played out in a Dallas courtroom…. Read More

One Possible Source of a Texas Trust Dispute: Beneficiary Distributions

EDITOR’S NOTE: The trustee in a trust doesn’t have absolute power even if he or she is given “absolute and uncontrolled discretion.” In this blog post, we overview the relationship between the trustee and a beneficiary and discuss some of the situations in which a trustee may be obligated to accelerate distributions to a beneficiary…. Read More

A Post on Inheritance Under Texas Law: Rights of the Surviving Spouse

EDITOR’S NOTE: When a person dies, what are the rights of the surviving spouse? In this blog post, we review some of the elements that are available to a surviving spouse under Texas law. Inheritance issues can be complex, so remember that the best course of action is to reach out to one of our… Read More

Estate Planning and the Potential for Estate Litigation in Texas

EDITOR’S NOTE: As one of the top law firms in Texas for estate disputes and litigation, we at Burdette & Rice have a unique perspective on some of the do’s and don’ts of proper estate planning. In this blog post, we review some of the background documentation and procedures that should go into preparing an… Read More

Abuse of the Elderly and Disabled under Texas Law

EDITOR’S NOTE: Anyone involved with the elderly or disabled has special responsibilities under Texas law as well as the laws of other states in the Union. While Burdette & Rice as a Dallas law firm focuses on the civil component of probate, guardianship, and other fiduciary matters under Texas law, this blog post reviews criminal… Read More

Leading Texas Law Firm for Probate Disputes, Burdette & Rice Announces Will Contest Litigation in Collin County

McKinney, Texas – December 1, 2016. Burdette & Rice, the largest probate litigation law firm in Dallas and North Texas, is proud to announce that the firm began participation in a jury trial in McKinney, Texas, in the Collin County Probate Court. (Collin County is just north of Dallas, Texas.) The firm’s client asserts that… Read More

Who Gets Paid, When? Texas Trustees and Estates: Blog Post

EDITOR’S NOTE: When a person dies who has set up a trust, the trustee becomes responsible for managing the trust, including paying any creditors in a timely and reasonable fashion. In some situations, there may not be sufficient assets. The trustee, however, must make payments in accord with Texas law and statutes. In this blog… Read More