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NFA Gun Trusts and Estate Planning Under Texas Law


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 estate with guns, please reach out to an attorney to discuss an NFA gun trust, as no two estates are exactly the same.

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Burdette & Rice, a Top Dallas Law Firm, Announces Estate Planning Certification of Ellen Bennett

Burdette & Rice, the largest probate litigation law firm in Dallas and North Texas, is proud to announce that attorney Ellen Bennett has recently been certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This certification builds on Bennett’s practice as an effective trust, estate, probate, and guardianship litigation attorney in the Dallas area. Continue reading

Honest Mistakes by Fiduciaries Under Texas Law


The management of an estate or trust is an important responsibility. Fiduciaries have an obvious obligation not to steal or misuse assets; so-called ‘honest mistakes’ are a different matter. This blog post, written by one of our Dallas-based attorney, explores the situation of an ‘honest mistake’ during a possible trust or estate dispute under Texas law.

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Texas Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation Law Firm, Burdette & Rice Announces Murray W. Camp to Join Firm in 2016

January 9, 2016 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice of Dallas, Texas, announces that highly regarded and experienced Texas litigation attorney, Murray W. Camp, will join the firm in January, 2016. Burdette & Rice is known as one of the top probate litigation law firms in Texas; the new attorney’s skills will complement the firm’s existing expertise in litigation.  Continue reading

J. Brian Thomas To Be Named 2016 Texas Rising Star Attorney, Announces Burdette & Rice

Burdette & Rice, a Dallas law firm specializing in estate and trust litigation under Texas law at, is proud to announce that J. Brian Thomas has been named a 2016 Texas Rising Star attorney in the trust and estate litigation category. Continue reading

Burdette & Rice Announces Attorney Focused on Will Contests under Texas Law, John Reenan, Has Garnered Prestigious Super Lawyer Designation

May 28, 2015 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas law firm specializing in Texas will contests, is proud to announce that John Reenan, one of the senior probate litigators at Burdette & Rice, has again been named as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2015 by Thompson Reuters. John is an experienced and savvy trial lawyer who has tried over 22 jury trials with large amounts at stake.

John Reenan - Texas Superlawyer, Texas Will Contests“We are proud of John’s accomplishments,” explained Elliott Burdette, Managing Director of Probate Litigation at Burdette & Rice, of Dallas, Texas. “Designation by Thompson Reuters as a Texas Super Lawyer confirms what we already know: that John is an experienced and savvy trial lawyer who has tried over 22 jury trials with large amounts at stake. Clients keep coming back to John. His judgment and experience, coupled with his lawyering skills, have earned him admiration from his peers as evidenced by his multi-year recognition as a Texas Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers by Thompson Reuters. John’s practice is focused on will contests, protecting inheritances, cases involving breaches of fiduciary duties and contested guardianships.”

To learn more about John Reenan, please click here. There, interested parties can call the firm and/or send an email inquiry if they have interests in areas such as will contests under Texas law, probate, or estate disputes. To view his status on Super Lawyers, please click here.

More on John Reenan, a Texas Estate, Probate, and Will Contest Attorney

John Reenan’s trial practice is founded on thorough and unrelenting preparation and creative problem-solving for clients in trust, estates, probate, real estate, will contests, guardianships, and other civil litigation matters. In his 20 years of practice—including almost 10 years as a trial lawyer at Winstead PC in Dallas, John has represented individuals in hard fought litigation, including will contests and fiduciary disputes in the probate courts as well as numerous matters throughout Texas and in Federal District Courts.

John’s diverse experience includes successfully representing litigants against a claim of a new will by a spouse who had developed PSP; successfully representing a corporation in “bet the company” litigation related to a fatal aircraft accident; creating new law on the subject of disqualification of lawyers who hire opponent company former employees as expert witnesses; representing defendants in hundreds of wrongful death cases in airplane, helicopter, truck and train crashes; successfully litigating numerous cases against the Dallas County Appraisal District; representing a cable company in a multi-million dollar contract dispute with its content provider, and prevailing fully; obtaining a full defense award for a major lender in a multi-million dollar dispute related to Hurricane Ike; and successfully representing a short-line railroad in an attempt by a city to shut it down. John has tried many jury and nonjury cases as first-chair lawyer, and has taken hundreds of depositions.

About Burdette & Rice, PLLC

Burdette & Rice, PLLC is a probate, estate, and guardianship dispute law firm, with lawyers dedicated to listening to their clients, being fully present to them, and advocating their clients’ positions in the simplest and most persuasive way possible. The law firm employs well-respected probate and estate lawyers in Dallas, Texas. Clients come to Burdette & Rice to contest a will in Texas, work on complex estate litigation and disputes, and even to litigate disputes over powers of attorney, guardianship and trustee issues all based on Texas law.

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