Tag Archives: Trust Disputes

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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Leading Texas Trust, Estate, and Probate Litigation Law Firm, Burdette & Rice Announces ‘Trifecta’ in Texas Rising Stars Super Lawyer Designation

Dallas, Texas – March 31, 2017. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas, Texas law firm specializing in probate, trust, and estate disputes and litigation, is proud to announce a “trifecta,” in that three of its attorneys have achieved the prestigious designation as Texas Rising Star Super Lawyers by SuperLawyers.com. Eighteen attorneys, total, achieved this designation in Texas in 2017. Continue reading

One Possible Source of a Texas Trust Dispute: Beneficiary Distributions

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The trustee in a trust doesn’t have absolute power even if he or she is given “absolute and uncontrolled discretion.” In this blog post, we overview the relationship between the trustee and a beneficiary and discuss some of the situations in which a trustee may be obligated to accelerate distributions to a beneficiary. If you are facing a possible dispute over a trust, reach out to one of our Dallas- or Plano-based attorneys for a consultation, as no two situations are the same.

 

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Burdette & Rice Announces J. Brian Thomas, a Leading Dallas, Texas, Probate Attorney, Will Hold Innovative Seminar on the Probate Process on October 7th

Dallas, Texas – September 29, 2016. Burdette & Rice, a Dallas, Texas, law firm specializing in probate, estate, and trust disputes and litigation at http://www.dallasprobateattorneys.com/, is proud to announce that J. Brian Thomas, a senior probate litigation attorney with the firm, will lead an innovative seminar on the “Probate Process from Start to Finish” on October 7, 2016, at Hyatt House Dallas/Uptown. Continue reading

Co-Trustees and Disputes over Trust Management in Texas

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While most trusts have one, and only one, trustee, some trusts are set up with so-called co-trustees. Most of the time, this arrangement can work well. However, our Dallas-based attorneys have seen instances in which co-trustees are not in agreement up to and including trust disputes and trust litigation under Texas law. That said, a co-trustee has certain opportunities to communicate disagreement to his or her co-trustee, and in fact, should generally do so in writing.

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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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If a Settlement Falls Apart, a Perspective: Dallas Estate, Trust, and Probate Blog

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Nowadays, many trust or estate disputes reach a settlement before an actual trial. In most situations, these settlements work well, and the parties go about their lives. However, in some situations, the settlement may fall apart, and a good attorney can reach out to the Dallas Court for assistance in enforcing the settlement agreement. This blog post explains the basics.

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Fiduciary Disputes Regarding Estates or Trusts Under Texas Law: Limitations Issues

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Most legal proceedings have deadlines: certain actions must be taken within specific time frames as provided by Texas law. Among the most common is the so-called statute of limitations. In this blog post, we discuss possible situations when this statute may, or may not, apply in a strictly technical sense. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out to one of our Dallas probate attorneys as every situation is different.

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Burdette & Rice Announces J. Ellen Bennett Paper on Texas Community Property Law

February 7, 2016 – Dallas, Texas. Burdette & Rice is proud to announce an innovative paper on community property under Texas law by J. Ellen Bennett, one of the firm’s attorneys. The paper places particular emphasis on community property issues that comprise a significant percent of the estate.  Continue reading