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Mary C. Burdette is a complex trust, probate litigation and fiduciary law expert. Her accomplishments and extensive achievements are detailed in her biography.

Mary has served as a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) since 2008 and has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning & Probate law since 1996.

We focus on complex trust and estate disputes, will contests, fiduciary controversies and other probate and guardianship disputes. We have a hard-earned reputation for success as forceful, strategic, and efficient litigators.

Although the majority of our contested matters involve estates and fiduciary controversies ranging between $500,000 and $15 million, we have significant experience in dealing with larger estates. One example is a team member obtaining a net amount for his client of three hundred million dollars as a result of a trial verdict rendered after proving allegations of fiduciary misconduct.

Our team includes a former Probate Judge who, over a decades long career as a Judge, has presided over 200 jury trials, a larger number of bench trials in addition to hundreds more discovery and evidentiary hearings. His experience and advice as a Trial Judge is valuable to our clients for trial planning and strategy.

Our attorneys are well aware of the powerful emotional dynamics which impact disputes related to an inheritance.

Our attorneys have extensive experience with the mediation process and have represented hundreds of clients in mediations where a settlement agreement has been reached.

Please review our attorney bios to learn more about each team member, including academic and professional achievements.



Estate litigation typically includes matters such as will contests, disputes over the meaning of various will provisions, removal of an executor or administrator, and heirship issues. These disputes occur after a person has passed away.


Guardianships often involve adults who have become incapacitated for various reasons, and can involve minors with or without disabilities. Guardianships can provide assurances to family members that their child, spouse, or parent will be cared for and protected. Guardianships can become contests when a proposed ward disputes the need for a guardianship or there is a dispute over who should serve as a guardian of the person or estate.


A person’s last will and testament is one of the most important documents a person signs in their entire life. It is his or her last statement on earth and speaks for them post-death. However, in certain situations, will contests may arise.


When a person dies, with or without a will, the “Estate” may require administration through a probate court. Our experienced probate attorneys can guide you through the entire process.


Trust litigation typically involves disputes arising between trustees and beneficiaries of a trust and can occur before or after a Grantor (the creator of a Trust) passes away. Types of cases include trust contests, trust terminations, breach of fiduciary duty, and removal of a trustee(s), among others.


A will or a trust? Which is better for you? Each has advantages that you should consider. Most importantly, be sure to have an estate plan in place to spare your loved ones unnecessary expense and stress at the time of your passing. Do not let the circumstances of being currently married and having children from a previous marriage create uncertainty which results in your inaction. These issues can be managed.

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