Tag Archives: Texas Law

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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Burdette & Rice of Dallas, Texas, Announce Attorney Ellen Bennett Selection as Rising Star Trust and Estate Litigation Attorney

January 3, 2018 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, considered one of the top Texas law firms for probate, estate, and trust litigation, is proud to announce that firm attorney Ellen Bennett has been selected by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers as a Rising Star Trust and Estate litigator for 2018. Continue reading

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

Leading Texas Probate Law Firm, Burdette & Rice Announces Successful Talk on Texas Power of Attorney & Fiduciary Duties

August 7, 2017 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, one of the leading Texas probate law firms with offices in Dallas and Plano, is proud to announce a successful talk on “Powers of Attorney and Fiduciary Duties: From Creation to Litigation.” Firm attorneys Sarah Toraason and Brian Thomas were the presenters, and the talk was given on July 25, 2017, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Continue reading

Secured Creditors and Estate Disputes: Some Issues Under Texas Law

April 26, 2017 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas, Texas, law firm specializing in probate, estate, and trust disputes and litigation at  is proud to announce that J. Brian Thomas, a senior probate litigation attorney with the firm, will be giving a presentation on “Intestacy” and “Litigating the case in Probate Court” at the Hilton Garden Inn Frisco, Texas on May 11, 2017. Continue reading

Burdette & Rice Announces Presentation on Probate Litigation for Attorneys in Frisco and Nearby North Texas Cities

April 26, 2017 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas, Texas, law firm specializing in probate, estate, and trust disputes and litigation at  is proud to announce that J. Brian Thomas, a senior probate litigation attorney with the firm, will be giving a presentation on “Intestacy” and “Litigating the case in Probate Court” at the Hilton Garden Inn Frisco, Texas on May 11, 2017. Continue reading

Q&A Over Inheritance Under Texas Law: PROCEEDING TO DETERMINE HEIRSHIP

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When someone dies, he or she may not leave a will. Obviously, proper estate planning would have involved the creation of a last will and testament, but not everyone complies with this best practice. In this blog post, Dallas attorney Marisol Trottier explains ‘proceeding to determine heirship,’ which is what happens if the heirs to an estate are not self-evident.

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How to Write a Will Under Texas Law: Problems with ‘Form’ Wills

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So-called ‘form wills’ may not be legally valid under Texas law. Holographic wills (those written out completely by hand) if done correctly may be valid. The reality is that drafting a will is best done with the assistance of a lawyer. Our Dallas-based lawyers can help with the drafting of wills. In addition, Burdette & Rice is known as a leading law firm for will disputes in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

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Handwritten Notes and Property Distribution in Texas

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When a person dies, there may or may not be handwritten notes or instructions that touch on the distribution of property. In this informative blog post, our attorneys discuss the status of these notes under Texas law. This situation may be only one component over a will contest or estate / trust dispute under Texas law.

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Making Changes to Your Will

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While anyone with substantial assets may recognize the need to consult with a Texas attorney to formulate a will in the first place, some people do not realize that changing a will also may require legal assistance. Simply crossing through names or items is not sufficient. If you are looking for what lay people call a “will attorney” in the Dallas area, please reach out for a consultation.

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