J. Brian Thomas

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J. Brian Thomas - Dallas Texas Attorney working on trusts, estates and fiduciary law


Brian has committed himself to a single area of practice since he received his law license. Even while excelling in one of the most rigorous trial advocacy programs in the country, Brian worked one-on-one with some of the state’s foremost authorities on trusts, estates and fiduciary law. Brian cut his legal teeth in both Houston and Dallas, representing individuals in probate and guardianship cases where the stakes are at their highest. He understands that many people experience probate, estate or guardianship matters only once or twice in their lives, making his role as counselor all the more important. Experience, confidence, and dogged determination are critical when a client wants their story presented to the Court. Brian believes that every case has the chance for resolution, but that clients should be ready and professionally equipped to fight for their own success.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended an elderly client against allegations of his incapacity and the imposition of an unwanted and unnecessary guardianship of his person and estate.
  • Successfully defended a decedent’s Last Will and Testament against multiple allegations of lacking capacity and the exertion of undue influence.
  • Obtained favorable mediation results in a contested guardianship, resulting in the termination of exploitation of an elderly Ward’s finances and the Ward’s placement in a facility conducive to her health and welfare.
  • Removed an executor from her position upon demonstrating that the fiduciary mismanaged the assets of the estate and withheld information from the estate’s beneficiaries.

Public Speaking & Publications

The Probate Process From Start to Finish for Paralegals, National Business Institute, Houston, Texas, August, 2008

  • “Ethical Perils in the Probate Process”
  • “The Rights of the Surviving Spouse”

Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas, October, 2008

  • “How to Search Like a Pro”
  • “Finding Free Legal Research Sites and Free Caselaw”

Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important, National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas, April, 2009

  • “Ethical Challenges in Estate Administration”
  • “Common Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate”

Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder Clients, National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas, July, 2010

  • “Tips and Traps When Consulting with the Elder Client”
  • “Understanding Post Mortem Options”
  • “Understanding Long-Term Care Options”

Administering Small Estates: Time-Saving Tips, National Business Institute, National Teleconference, August, 2011

Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas, November, 2011

  • “How to Search Like a Pro”
  • “Finding Free Legal Research Sites and Free Caselaw”

The Art of Trust Administration, National Business Institute, National Teleconference, December, 2011

Trusts 101, National Business Institute, Arlington, Texas, January 2012

  • “Ethical Considerations”
  • “Estate Planning for the Disabled”

Trust Administration: Challenges and Best Practices, Strafford Publishing, National Teleconference, February, 2012

Trust Administration: Practical Considerations in Trustee Liability, Tolleson Wealth Management, Dallas, Texas, March, 2012

Will Contests, Estate Planning Council of North Texas, Plano, Texas, March 2012

Closing the Estate and Handling Distributions, National Business Institute, National Teleconference, May, 2012

Remedies for Attorney in Fact Misconduct, TexasBarCLE, Webcast, July, 2012

Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Care, National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas, August, 2012

  • “How to Protect an Elderly Client’s Assets”
  • “Insurance to Fund All or Part of Long-Term Care Costs”

Administering Small Estates: Time Saving Tips, National Business Institute, National Teleconference, August 2012

Estate Administration: Opening and Closing the Estate and Resolving Related Issues; Strafford Publishing, National Webinar, August 2012

Remedies for Attorney in Fact Misconduct, Collin County Probate Bar Association, Plano, Texas, October, 2012

Trust Litigation: Navigating Defenses of Fiduciaries and Claims of Beneficiaries and Third Parties: Trust Contests, Construction Issues and Fiduciary Duties; Stafford Publishing, National Webinar, October, 2012

Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute, Dallas, Texas, November, 2012

  • “How to Search Like a Pro”
  • “Finding Free Legal Research Sites and Free Caselaw”

Handling Final Beneficiary Distributions, National Business Institute, National Teleconference, March, 2013

Winning the Battle and the War: A Remedies Centered Approach to Litigation Involving Durable Powers of Attorney; Estate Planning Council of North Texas, Dallas, Texas, Co-Presenter, May, 2013

The Art of Trust Administration, National Business Institute, National Teleconference, Scheduled – June, 2013

Prior and Current Professional Memberships/Committees

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Continuing Education Committee
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
    • Elder Law Committee

Education

  • B.B.A., Baylor University (2000)
  • J.D., Baylor Law School (2005)