Tag Archives: Texas Law

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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Probating a Will in Texas: a Quick Overview

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Most legal proceedings have deadlines: certain actions must be taken within specific time frames as provided by Texas law. However, in some situations, an applicant may have fallen outside the required deadline but can still petition a court to probate a will. This blog post explores this issue, of importance not just to residents of Dallas county but to anyone in Texas.

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Burdette & Rice Announces Contested Texas Guardianship to be Topic of Upcoming Dallas Presentation by Mark Caldwell to Texas Licensed Attorneys

January 30, 2016 – 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 Dallas, Texas, probate and estate dispute attorneys, has been invited to speak on March 22, 2016, to Texas licensed attorneys on the topic of “Trends in Litigating and Administering Guardianships” under the auspices of the Dallas Bar Association. The talk will also touch on procedural and evidentiary matters, as well as skills and strategy involved in successfully representing clients in disputed guardianship matters. Caldwell is a recognized expert on guardianship under Texas law, and is a frequent speaker at events in Dallas and across Texas on the topic. Continue reading

Understanding Acceptable Documentation to Validate or Contest a Last Will or Testament Under Texas Law

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 We handle many contested wills under Texas law. One of the more common initial questions is what constitutes a last will and testament. In this blog post, we explain some of the basics of acceptable documentation under Texas Law.

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