Dallas Probate Blog

  • CNBW Lawyers are Super Lawyers

    Posted By Attorney Brandy Baxter-Thompson || 21-Sep-2015

    Mary C. Burdette has been selected by her peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation - Trusts and Estates. Mary has been included in this select group of lawyers for 15 years. Congratulations Mary! Additionally, Mary C. Burdette, Scott D. Weber, and John R. Norris III, have all been selected as a 2015 Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Estate and Trust Litigation. Super ...
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  • How to Contest a Will in Texas

    Posted By Calloway, Norris, Burdette & Weber, PLLC || 13-Apr-2015

    The details of a will can have resounding and lasting effects on those involved, or excluded. Inheriting fortunes or property could build substantially better chances for loved ones while being given no assets may cripple someone who was expecting some sort of benefit from the will. If you feel that a will has not been properly drafted or that it assigns portions of property unfairly, you may have ...
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  • Texas Supreme Court Allows Trust Dispute to go to Arbitration

    Posted By Attorney Weber || 6-May-2013

    The Texas Supreme Court recently held that an arbitration provision in a trust was binding on the beneficiary of the trust and he had to arbitrate, not litigate, his dispute with the trustee. The case arose out of a trust that Andrew Francis Reitz created in 2000 for the benefit of his two sons. Mr. Reitz was the original trustee of the trust and upon his death in 2009, his attorney, Hal Rachal, ...
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  • Texas "Laughing Heir" Statute Proposed

    Posted By Attorney Baxter-Thompson || 1-May-2013

    Texas is one of the few states in the union that does not have a "laughing heir" statute. A laughing heir is someone that is legally entitled to inherit from the decedent, but is so distantly related that he has no reason to feel bereaved over the decedent's death. The genesis for the proposed legislation is an heirship proceeding currently pending in Dallas County. The decedent died ...
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  • Attorneys' Article Published in DBA Headnotes

    Posted By Dallas Probate Lawyer || 20-Mar-2013

    Nikki Wolff and Brandy Baxter-Thompson recently prepared an article entitled "Considerations When Choosing a Power of Attorney or Guardianship." It has been published in the April 2013 edition of the Dallas Bar Association's Headnotes, which is circulated to more than 11,000 Dallas-area lawyers.
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  • CNBW Attorneys Speak Around the Metroplex

    Posted By Attorney Baxter-Thompson || 15-Mar-2013

    Attorneys at Calloway, Norris, Burdette and Weber are called upon to speak to other lawyers regarding their various areas of expertise. Mary C. Burdette and Brandy Baxter-Thompson spoke to the Dallas Bar Association at the Friday Clinic held at the Belo regarding Litigation in Probate Courts. Their topic covered a wide array of topics including will contests, breach of fiduciary duty suits in ...
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  • CNBW adds its 5th Board Certified Lawyer

    Posted By Attorney Baxter-Thompson || 14-Feb-2013

    Brandy Baxter-Thompson Receives Board Certification in Estate Planning and Probate Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Calloway, Norris, Burdette and Weber, PLLC, proudly announces that Brandy Baxter-Thompson received Board Certification in Estate Planning and Probate Law. Brandy is the fifth lawyer at our boutique firm to achieve Board Certification designation - R.W. Calloway, John ...
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  • What is a Will Contest?

    Posted By Attorney Baxter-Thompson || 13-Jan-2013

    What Is a Will Contest? A will contest is a lawsuit filed by a person with an interest in an estate when he or she believes the will was created when the testator lacked capacity, was unduly influenced, or had his name forged. "Testator" is the legal term for a person that executes a will. (Just as a "settlor" is the legal name for a person creating a trust.) This is a very ...
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  • Dallas County Probate Courts' Website gets a facelift

    Posted By Attorney Baxter-Thompson || 8-Sep-2012

    The Dallas County Probate Courts have a new website. Click here to see their new website: http://www.dallascounty.org/department/courts/probate.php The new website offers the public considerable information regarding the history of the probate courts, the current courts and judges, as well as a number of frequently asked questions about probate and guardianship. One of those questions is: Can I ...
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