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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

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