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Parker Attorneys Handling Estate, Trust, and Guardianship Litigation

Ensuring your estate is in order is one of the best ways to take care of your loved ones. Estate planning can be a complicated process, so hiring a knowledgeable lawyer is essential. 

The legal team at Staubus and Randall has the necessary experience, and skill Texans require to guide them through legal disputes about wills, trusts, and guardianships. Our seasoned litigators can also help review your circumstances and provide advice about the legal deadlines you’ll need to meet. We can also create estate plans to ensure your assets are distributed to bolster your heirs’ financial security. We are also equipped to provide advice about the rights and duties of executors, trustees, and beneficiaries. 

Contact Staubus and Randall today at 214-691-3411 to schedule a consultation if you have questions or concerns about estate-related issues. We are happy to talk you through your options.

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Putting our Decades of Experience to Work for You

The Parker estate and probate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall have decades of combined experience assisting Texans in planning their estates and protecting their assets. We also represent clients for litigation involving probate, guardianship, and trusts. Over the course of many years of practicing in Texas probate courts, we have honed our knowledge and skills to allow us to handle all types of estate litigation. This ranges from straightforward, uncontested probate situations to high-stakes lawsuits involving estates, trusts, and guardianships. 

The skills we have developed can help you understand how to plan your estate while minimizing the tax implications. Our services also include asset protection planning for high net-worth individuals, professionals, and families and succession planning for closely-held businesses. 

We regularly represent clients in the following areas:

Why Choose Staubus and Randall?

The highly experienced estate planners and litigators of Staubus and Randall have over 100 years of combined experience practicing in the areas of estate planning, trusts, guardianship, and probate. We focus exclusively on these areas of the law, so we can have a results-oriented approach to each case. The specific skills we have compiled throughout the years work to benefit every case we take on. 

We are proud to offer the extensive resources of a large legal firm but are also committed to providing the kind of individualized, personal experience you would receive from a boutique legal team. For our client’s convenience, our firm also serves Dallas, Plano, and Richardson in addition to Parker.

We have earned the highest possible AV rating from Martindale Hubble, the prominent law firm rating service, as a further testament to our abilities.

If you would like to find out more about what services our firm can provide for your specific situation, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation where we can learn more about the nuances of your individual case.

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What Should I Expect When Working with Staubus and Randall?

At Staubus and Randall, our main priority is to work on behalf of your best interests. For this reason, we will need specific information and documentation related to your circumstances. This will include becoming familiar with you and your family, as well as with the details of your financial situation, which will allow us to know which options are available to explore on your behalf. 

Some of the documents we may ask you to provide during an estate planning or probate process include:

  • List of assets you own (include real estate, vehicles, personal property)
  • Bank account statements
  • Investment and retirement account statements
  • Business formation documents
  • Estate planning documents (powers of attorney, wills, trusts, etc.)
  • Death certificate (if applicable)

After we have considered all the variables of your case, we will be able to create a proposal that will make it possible for you to decide which steps you would like to take. We’ll work together with you to formulate a concrete plan. Then, we will put that plan into action so that you can have the assurance your goals can be met.

Some situations are complicated and involve disputes. If this is the case, we will do all we can to resolve the situation via reconciliation or mediation. If a lawsuit is the only way forward, we will aggressively represent you to protect your best interests.

What is Probate Litigation?

Probate is the legal term for the process of distributing a deceased person’s assets. The priority is to pay off any debts and then distribute the remaining assets to the beneficiaries according to the will of the decedent. In the event that no will was provided, the assets will be distributed to the heirs at law. Many probates are fairly simple, but they can sometimes instigate disagreements. If this leads to one of the parties filing a lawsuit, probate litigation is necessary. 

Lawsuits can occur in the following circumstances:

  • Questions about the legal meanings and effects of a will’s statements
  • Concerns about the validity of the will
  • Belief that the will’s executors or administrators have failed to fulfill their responsibilities 
  • Disputes about the right of survivorship or pay on death designations
  • Disputes concerning the validity of retirement benefits designations
  • Disputes over validity of life insurance beneficiary designations
  • Disputes about the identity of heirs-at-law (including claims of illegitimate children)
  • Disputes about community property issues
  • Claims of common law marriage
  • Creditors filing claims against the estate

Contact a Parker Estate, Trust, and Guardianship Legal Team Today

Whether your estate circumstances are straightforward or more complex, the experienced estate planners and probate litigators at Staubus and Randall are ready to help you. We will put all of our resources, knowledge, and experience to work, ensuring the process ends in a favorable outcome for you and your family. Our skilled lawyers are armed with integrity and compassion, and we will help you navigate the most appropriate legal course for your situation.

If you would like more information about how our legal team can help you, contact us today at 214-691-3411 and schedule a consultation.

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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