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Murphy Estate Planning and Estate Litigation Attorneys

If you are currently in the process of planning what will happen to your estate after you pass, or if you are in the midst of disputes about the will of a loved one, you need an attorney with extensive experience dealing with these matters. The seasoned litigators at Staubus and Randall have the knowledge and skill necessary to give you the guidance you require in estate planning, so that you can protect your assets and secure the future of the people you care about.

The legal team at Staubus and Randall is also well-equipped to provide you with representation during any disputes regarding wills, guardianships, and trusts. Furthermore, our services also include providing advice to executors, trustees, and beneficiaries of wills so that they can be empowered with the knowledge of their rights and duties.

We invite you to contact the experienced litigation team at Staubus and Randall to schedule a consultation. Call us today at 214-691-3411, and we will give you a frank and clear overview of what your options are. We look forward to assisting you. If you have pressing questions about your case, feel free to contact us today.

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Who We Are

The Murphy estate planners and probate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall are proud to provide our clients with excellent legal representation in matters of estate planning and asset protection, as well as probate, trust, and guardianship litigation. We have had decades of success helping people protect their rights during estate and trust disputes.

We dedicate our professional practice to matters involving estates and the probate process. Our focus on this area of the law allows us to deftly handle not only straightforward estate and probate matters that are uncontested but also high-stakes estate, guardianship, and trust conflicts and lawsuits.

Our decades of practice have allowed us to fine-tune our innovative estate planning techniques to help you minimize the impact of income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping taxes. We also have the knowledge, skill, and experience necessary to handle asset protection planning for individuals and families, as well as succession planning for closely-held businesses. Our record of success demonstrates why so many people have turned to Staubus and Randall when they want to protect their assets from the risk of loss. Contact us today.

Practice Areas

The Murphy attorneys of Staubus and Randall have experience dealing with all areas of estate, trust, guardianship, and probate law. A few of the specific types of cases we handle include the following:

What Is Probate Litigation?

Probate is the name of the legal process that governs the distribution of a person’s assets after they have passed. After the decedent’s debts are paid off, the remaining assets can be distributed to the beneficiaries of the will or to the heirs-at-law if no will exists. Depending on the particular circumstances, the process can be straightforward or controversial. If there are disagreements among beneficiaries, fiduciaries, or heirs-at-law, probate litigation may occur. Contact us today.

Probate lawsuits often occur in the following situations:

  • When there are questions or doubts about the legal meanings and effects of certain aspects of the will
  • When there are concerns about the validity of the will
  • When there is a belief that the will’s executors or administrators are not correctly fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities
  • When there is a dispute about pay on death or right of survivorship designations
  • When there are disputes about the validity of designations of retirement benefits
  • When there are disputes about the validity of designations of life insurance beneficiaries
  • When there are disputes about the identity of heirs-at-law (such as claims of illegitimate children)
  • When there are disputes about community property issues
  • When there is a claim of common law marriage
  • When a creditor files a claim against the estate

Some law firms may claim to have the capacity to handle these types of cases, but they may not deal with probate matters frequently enough to have the experience or skills necessary to help clients when cases involve conflict or complex litigation. The experienced attorneys at Staubus and Randall frequently handle all types of probate disputes in and out of the courtroom.

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Why Choose Staubus and Randall?

The highly experienced estate litigators and estate planners at Staubus and Randall focus solely on matters relating to estate planning, probate, guardianships, and trusts. Our attorneys have a combined total of over 100 years of legal experience, and we bring our resources and finely-tuned skills to each case we handle. We are proud to offer the benefits of a large firm in a boutique atmosphere by personalizing our service to each of our clients. This is one of the reasons why Martindale Hubbell, a prominent law firm rating service, has given us the highest possible AV rating.

Find out exactly what Staubus and Randall can offer you by scheduling a confidential consultation. We will ask you about your situation and concerns, and we will give you a clear idea of what your options are. Contact us today.

What Should I Expect?

The Murphy estate planners and estate litigators at Staubus and Randall are passionate about protecting your best interests. We will want to find out the details of your circumstances, and we will want to see specific documentation so that we are best equipped to help you. The documents we will want to see may include:

  • List of assets you own
  • Bank account statements
  • Retirement and investment account statements
  • Business formation documents
  • Estate planning documents (e.g., wills, powers of attorney, trusts)
  • Death certificate (if applicable)

Once we get to know you, your financial situation, and your family, we will create a proposal so that you can consider what steps you want to take. We will then agree on a plan, which we will implement on your behalf.

Contact Staubus and Randall Today

Estate planning and probate litigation are important matters that require the utmost care. The experienced Murphy estate planners and estate litigators of Staubus and Randall are dedicated to serving our clients and treating them with the respect that we would expect our own family members to receive. Contact us today to schedule a consultation by calling 214-691-3411. We look forward to getting to work for you.

The Firm

The attorneys at Staubus and Randall have over 100 years of combined experience in estate planning, probate, and litigation. We have the knowledge and skills to tackle complex legal issues, such as guardianships, will contests, fiduciary litigation, and trust litigation. We can also handle routine matters, such as estate administration, probating wills, heirship determinations, and other probate court matters.

Staubus and Randall received a preeminent AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating possible from a peer-rated legal service. This rating recognizes our hard work, dedication, and the case results we’re able to achieve.

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What Our Clients Say

"I recently had the occasion to hire Mr. Staubus for a hotly contested Guardianship matter. Mr. Staubus brought a rare combination of effectiveness, reasonableness and understanding of the human element involved. Mr. Staubus handled all things in a calm, highly competent, effective and reasonable way. It could not have been as easy as he made it seem. He's a credit to the Bar."


"Before retaining the guidance of the Staubus & Randall firm, I was at my wit's end trying to close an uncle's estate as a co-executor. In addition to dealing with difficult heirs, I had other pressing business issues coming up immediately on estate land in the middle of the Eagleford Shale including dealings with pipeline, seismic, oil & gas, and construction companies. The local bank also refused to give me access to information relating to the estate. This quickly became the most stressful and desperate time in my life...and then I found Joseph Legere who truly became my guardian angel. He was able to get all issues resolved efficiently and the estate fully closed. His professionalism, immense legal knowledge on a wide variety of topics, and amazing communication skills took the burdens off of me and quickly got closure. I am forever indebted to this firm for giving me my life back."


"Without exception, the legal service, professional attitude, prompt communication of your firm and your legal knowledge is second to none. I only wish I had an attorney here in Boston that could hold a candle to your experience and expertise. Working with you has been a pleasure, but even more, has made me believe that there are knowledgeable attorneys that do care about doing a good job. Thank you Keith! You may not truly understand how much of an impact you are having on peoples lives, but for me, you have helped change my life. As I begin making my dreams come true I can't help but remember none of this would be possible without you."


"Keith Staubus and Julie Blankenship and their team represented me in a jury trial in the probate court where the ownership of the business which I had worked hard to build was at stake. They successfully fought to preserve my business and my professional reputation, working masterfully to gain the support of the jury. I would not hesitate to hire them again in any bet-the-company litigation.”


"I have required legal representation twice in my life in two separate will contests. Both times I sought assistance from Keith Staubus and Staubus/Randall. Their service, approach, and determination to obtain results exceeded the other attorneys in each case. Mr. Staubus has always come across as genuine while being direct. He gets the process done in a timely manner with results. I will certainly use him again when and if any new challenges arise.”


"After my husband's death, I was devastated by having to defend against a vicious dispute over my husband's estate. Julie Blankenship and Keith Staubus made me feel very comfortable in this distressing situation. They were very tough and did an excellent job for me in obtaining a summary judgment in my favor without a full jury trial. I was glad to have them and Diane Walker in my corner to help me achieve an excellent result - I won! If I ever had to go back to probate court, I would hire them again.” - (will and trust construction case)


"If you need intervention for someone you love but don't know where to turn or who to turn to, Julie Blankenship and Keith Staubus helped me through the most difficult and stressful time in my life with a much loved family member. I now believe that good will triumph over evil. They fought for what was right, and good prevailed." (contested guardianship and will contest)


"As a professional money manager, I have used Ryan Randall's estate planning services both personally and for my clients. Ryan has exhibited three critical attributes in his work with me: (1) high intellectual capacity, (2) exceptional thoroughness, and (3) a total commitment to integrity. In today's litigious world, it can be quite costly not to "get things done right.” An added bonus to us was that we found one of the nicest people we could imagine.”


"I was represented by Keith Staubus as an income beneficiary in a lawsuit with the trustee of a family trust. Utilizing the expertise of a forensic accountant and his own trust expertise, Keith was able to negotiate a judicial modification of the trust providing for the buyout of my income interest for a substantial lump sum payment out of the trust, resulting in a win-win situation for all of the parties. I highly recommend Staubus/Randall for any trust disputes and trust modification actions."


"I have been a wealth management specialist and retirement plan consultant with the Dallas/Fort Worth financial community for over 20 years. I have engaged Ryan Randall to work with a number of my best clients over the years, including business owners, professionals and families. My clients always appreciate Ryan’s straightforward approach to estate planning, asset protection planning and business succession planning. He makes even the most sophisticated estate planning strategies understandable."


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