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Burdette & Rice, a Leading Dallas Probate Law Firm, Announces Successful California Presentation on Multistate Probate Issues

Dallas, Texas – July 27, 2018. Burdette & Rice, a leading probate law firm based in Dallas, Texas, is proud to announce that attorneys Sarah Toraason and Mark Caldwell gave a successful presentation in San Diego, California, on multi-state probate issues. Continue reading

Burdette & Rice Announces Successful Presentation on How to Probate a Will in Texas by Attorney David Mead

June 14, 2018 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, one of the leading Texas estate, trust, and probate litigation law firms, is proud to announce that attorney David Mead gave a successful presentation to Dallas County attorneys on the topic of how to probate a will under Texas law. Continue reading

Burdette & Rice, a Top Dallas Estate Planning and Estate Litigation Law Firm, Announces Successful Presentation to Dallas County Attorneys

May 31, 2018 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, one of the leading law firms in Dallas, Texas, for probate, estate, and trust disputes and litigation, is proud to announce a well-received presentation by firm attorney, David Mead. Mead spoke to Dallas County attorneys on May 16, 2018, at the Law Office of Haynes and Boone on the topics of estate planning and probate to the firm’s attorneys seeking to accept pro bono cases from the Dallas Volunteer Attorneys Program (DVAP). Continue reading

Leading Texas Law Firm for Probate Disputes, Burdette & Rice Announces Will Contest Litigation in Collin County

McKinney, Texas – December 1, 2016. Burdette & Rice, the largest probate litigation law firm in Dallas and North Texas, is proud to announce that the firm began participation in a jury trial in McKinney, Texas, in the Collin County Probate Court. (Collin County is just north of Dallas, Texas.) The firm’s client asserts that the Will being sought for admission to probate was signed only because of improper undue influence brought against the testator (the person who made the Will). Continue reading

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

Burdette & Rice, a Texas Probate Litigation Law Firm, Announces the Successful Participation of Elliott Burdette in National AVVO Conference

Burdette & Rice, a Dallas law firm specializing in Texas probate litigation, is proud to announce the firm’s successful participation in the recent Avvo conference under the leadership of Elliott Burdette, as part of an ongoing effort to keep the firm’s delivery of legal services consistent with the expectations of clients in 2015. Continue reading

Texas Estate and Probate Law Firm, Burdette & Rice Announces Successful Seminar Paper by Mark R. Caldwell

March 31, 2015 – Dallas, Texas.  Burdette & Rice is proud to announce that Mark Caldwell, a Texas Board Certified Estate and Probate Attorney and one of the firm’s top-rated Dallas, Texas, probate and estate dispute attorneys, co-presented an informative paper on “Small Estate Affidavits” with Judge John Peyton, Continue reading

Why Do I Need a Probate Bond under Texas Law? An Informal Explanation.


 Many Texas residents and those with relatives who pass away in Texas may, unfortunately, end up in probate disputes. If there is a possibility of an estate dispute under Texas law, the Court may require the estate representative to secure a bond. In the event that the parties dispute the estate, the bond functions as insurance for the estate’s value. This blog post is an informal explanation.


Probate Dispute in TexasWhen people usually think of bonds in court cases, they think of someone making an unfortunate call from the jailhouse. We use bonds in probate cases as well. In probate cases, bonds are used as a type of insurance, protecting against damaged or lost estate property, and to protect creditors who have valid claims.

When someone passes away and a representative is appointed to handle the estate, in many cases, the probate court must order the representative to obtain a bond. Similarly, when someone is declared to be incapacitated in a guardianship proceeding, and the court appoints a guardian to handle that person’s property, the guardian must obtain a bond.

In both a decedent’s estate and a guardianship estate, the amount of the bond is determined by the value of the property subject to administration. Not all property factors into the bond amount – the value of real property does not affect the bond amount. Also, the amount of monthly income, and any debts owed by the estate, affects the amount of the bond.

When an estate representative or guardian mismanaged or misapplied estate property and harms the estate, then it is possible for an interested person to sue the representative or guardian, and if the lawsuit is successful, recover against the amount of the bond, so that the bond company must pay any judgment awarded.


Editor’s Note

This blog post has explained probate bonds and their function during estate disputes under Texas law. If you are facing possible litigation surrounding an estate, please reach out to one of our top Dallas, Texas, probate lawyers for an initial phone consultation. Each situation is unique, and a consultation with a probate attorney can illuminate your possible legal options.

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