Tag Archives: Trust Attorneys

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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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

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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Q&A Over Estates Under Texas Law: Power of Appointment

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During an inheritance process, managing the estate and its assets can seem confusing to the average lay person. Legal concepts and nomenclature can be used in ways that do not make sense to many people. In this short blog post, Sarah Toraason explains the concept of ‘power of appointment’ and how it works vis-a-vis a trust or estate.

 

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New Office for Clients Seeking Probate, Trust, or Estate Dispute Attorney Services in Plano and Frisco, Texas Announced by Burdette & Rice

October 7, 2016 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice, the largest probate litigation law firm in Dallas and North Texas, is proud to announce the opening of a new office in Plano, Texas, at 5700 Granite Parkway, Suite 200, Plano, Texas 75024. The new office will make it easy for persons seeking Plano or Frisco probate attorneys to meet in person with the staff of Burdette & Rice. Continue reading

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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Honest Mistakes by Fiduciaries Under Texas Law

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The management of an estate or trust is an important responsibility. Fiduciaries have an obvious obligation not to steal or misuse assets; so-called ‘honest mistakes’ are a different matter. This blog post, written by one of our Dallas-based attorney, explores the situation of an ‘honest mistake’ during a possible trust or estate dispute under Texas law.

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Probate Litigation and Mediation: Dallas County Trends

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Although emotions can run high during an estate, trust, or guardianship dispute, a growing number of Courts, including those in Dallas County, pro-actively encourage parties to try mediation first. In this blog post, we review how the mediation process works in a probate dispute, against the background of potential litigation.

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