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Texas Homestead Law: an Easy Explanation of How it Works

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Many clients ask us about Texas Homestead Law. Typical questions are ‘What does a homestead exemption do in Texas?,’ or ‘Who qualifies for a homestead exemption in Texas.’ In this blog post, we explain what the homestead exemption is, and the basics of how it works in Texas. Remember, however, that if you are doing estate planning or perhaps facing a potential probate, trust, or estate dispute, reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation. No two situations are alike, and only an attorney consultation can function as the first step towards a correct understanding of the facts and the law.

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Life Estates under Texas Law: Q&A about What are Life Estates in Texas

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Many clients ask us about so-called Texas life estates, specifically what a life estate means under Texas law as well as how they work and who pays taxes on a life estate. As probate, estate, and trust lawyers here in the Dallas area, we often summarize quick answers to such questions in our blog. Accordingly, in this blog post we will review the basics of life estates in Texas. Remember, however, that if you have questions about probate, estates, or trusts under Texas law (up to and including disputes and/or litigation), reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation.

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Undue Influence under Texas Law: of Will Contests & More

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Many clients ask us about so-called “undue influence” under Texas law, generally with regard to a potential will contest or some type of trust or estate law. As probate, estate, and trust lawyers here in the Dallas area, we often summarize quick answers to such questions in our blog. Accordingly, in this blog post we will review the basics of undue influence in Texas. Remember, however, that if you have questions about a potential will contest under Texas law, reach out to one of our Dallas-based attorneys for a consultation.

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Presentation on Power of Attorney Disputes under Texas Law Announced by Burdette & Rice

December 21, 2017 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, one of the leading Texas probate, estate, and trust litigation law firms with offices in Dallas and Plano, is proud to announce that firm attorneys, Brian Thomas and Mark Caldwell, have been selected to prepare a paper and make a presentation to the Houston Business and Estate Planners Association on the topic of litigating disputes governed by the new Texas statute on February 18, 2018. Continue reading

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

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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 consultation. We may be able to assist you in compelling a trustee to properly file and disseminate a last will and testament as required by law.

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

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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 area, reach out to one of our lawyers who specialize in will contests for a consultation.

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The Duties of Personal Representatives Under Texas Law

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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 facing a possible trust dispute under Texas law, reach out to one of our Dallas-based trust litigation attorneys for a consultation.

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Mortgage Payments and Probate Under Texas Law

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Many times, a home is a primary asset in a Texas estate. When a loved one dies, however, it is often confusing as to whether the mortgage should continue to be paid, and if so, by whom. In this blog post, we review whether some of the issues as to whether the mortgage should be paid, and if so, how reimbursement can be made. If you are facing this type of situation, reach out to one of our Dallas probate attorneys for a consultation.

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Injunctions and Estate Disputes Under Texas Law

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Unfortunately, when a loved one dies, a sibling or family member may feel entitled to take the property. At that time, however, other family members may ask the Court for an injunction. In this blog post, we review injunctions and estate disputes under Texas law. Of course, if you are facing this type of problem, you must reach out to an attorney for detailed assistance, as no two situations are the same.

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Death and Taxes: Some Basics on Estates and Taxes

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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 you are strongly advised to seek out a professional accountant or tax service to verify any tax filing requirements.

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