Areas of Practice

Burdette & Rice specializes in estate planning and probate law. We frequently represent those located in the Dallas, Texas area, as well as those who’s loved ones are living or have lived in the Dallas area.

Our attorneys also assist in the related fields of will contests, guardianship law, and trust litigation, all of which are described in further detail below.

 

Probate Law

Probate law is the process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving any and all claims and distributing the deceased person’s property under the terms of a will. A probate attorney can interpret the instructions of the deceased, decide who will be the executor as the personal representative of the estate, and legally supports the interests of heirs and other parties who may have claims on the estate.


Estate Planning

Estate planning is the process of arranging and facilitating the transfer of an estate. Estate planning attempts to eliminate any potential problems or conflicts over the administration of an estate as well as maximize the value of it by reducing taxes and other expenses. Estate planning involves trusts, wills, beneficiary designations, property ownership, powers of appointment, gifts, and powers of attorney, (covering financial and medical aspects).


Guardianship Law

Guardianship, or conservatorship, is a legal relationship bestowed upon an individual or party to look after the best interest of minors or incompetent adults. A family member, close friend, or local official responsible for the minor or adult’s welfare petitions the court to appoint a guardian.


Trust Litigation & Administration

A trust is a legal arrangement under which an individual or party (known as the grantor or settlor) transfers personal property to another party (the trustee) under certain provisions. These provisions are usually listed in a written trust agreement, and direct the trustee to hold, manage, invest, and/or distribute the property to the beneficiary on terms set forth in the trust. If it can be shown that there was undue influence upon the individual that created the trust, it may be challenged through the process of litigation.


Will Contests

A will contest is a an objection raised against the validity of a will, based on any number of factors in which the will does not reflect the actual intent of the testator, or will creator. Common reasons to challenge a will include the fact that the testator was not legally competent at the time of will validation, or was unduly influenced through an outside party or through fraudulent means. A will may be challenged in its entirety, or only in part.