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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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Burdette & Rice Announces Ellen Bennett Featured as Rising Texas Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney

Dallas, Texas – April 2, 2017. Burdette & Rice, a Texas law firm specializing in probate, trust, and estate disputes and litigation, is proud to announce that firm attorney, Ellen Bennett, has been recognized as a Rising Star Trust and Estate litigation attorney in the most recent issue of Texas Super Lawyers. Ellen Bennett has been recognized for her extraordinary client representation skills as a Board Certificate Estate Planning Attorney whose practice is focused on Trust and Estate Litigation matters, including Texas will contests and disputes involving breach of fiduciary duties. Continue reading

NFA Gun Trusts and Estate Planning Under Texas Law

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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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Avoiding Will Disputes in Texas by Full Compliance with Texas Law

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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 or a loved one face confusion over a will under Texas law or even the possibility of a will contest, reach out to one of our Dallas probate attorneys for assistance. No two situations are entirely alike when it comes to inheritance disputes.

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A Key Evidence in Texas Will Contests: The Estate Planner

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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.

 

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