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Rowlett Estate Litigation Lawyer

Rowlett Estate Litigation LawyerThe estate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall have helped Rowlett individuals and families for many years through the complex, delicate matters involving probate, guardianship, estate, and trust litigation, as well as estate planning and administration. Our experienced lawyers work hard to protect our clients’ families, assets, rights, and property through vigorous litigation and meticulous planning.

If you or your family is facing a difficult situation or decision about your future, contact the estate litigation attorneys at Staubus and Randall today at 214-691-3411 for a consultation.

Why Choose Staubus and Randall?

With over 100 years of legal experience, the estate litigation attorneys of Staubus and Randall have the knowledge, skills, and resources to handle a wide range of estate and probate matters for Rowlett families and individuals. Staubus and Randall is respected in probate courts across Texas for our hard-earned trial experience in difficult and high-stakes legal matters, such as will contests, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, and much more. This has made our attorneys Rowlett’s litigators-of-choice for anyone facing estate litigation, including routine and uncontested matters.

Staubus and Randall complements our aggressive litigation practice with our sophisticated estate planning and administration practice, utilizing innovative strategies and techniques to protect and secure important assets and minimize taxes for families of all sizes and types.

Because of our superior client services and successful track record, Staubus and Randall has received an AV rating from the prominent law firm rating service Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible legal rating a firm can receive. Furthermore, our legal team includes several attorneys who have earned special recognition from Thomson Reuters as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Rest assured, we have an experienced, sophisticated team that can handle whatever your estate’s legal needs might be now and in the future.

Our clients in Rowlett and throughout Texas say the following about our services:

  • “…professionalism, immense legal knowledge on a wide variety of topics, and amazing communication skills…”
  • “…the legal service, professional attitude, prompt communication of your firm and your legal knowledge is second to none.”
  • “Their service, approach, and determination to obtain results exceeded the other attorneys in each case.”

Types of Cases Our Estate Attorneys Handle

Rowlett Estate Litigation LawyerThe attorneys at Staubus and Randall can handle a variety of legal matters for Rowlett clients, including the following:

  • Estate Litigation
  • Will Contests
  • Guardianships
  • Trust Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Probating Wills
  • Estate Administration
  • Trust Modification
  • Trustee Representation
  • Trust Beneficiary Representation
  • Power of Attorney Disputes
  • Heirship Determination
  • Estate Planning
  • Inheritance Rights
  • Trust Contests
  • Will Planning
  • Trust Planning

What to Expect in Probate and Estate Legal Matters

Probate is the legal process of distributing an estate after someone passes away. In some instances, this process is clear-cut and amicable, but in other instances, it can be uncertain, confusing, or even contentious.

Whatever the nature of your family’s legal matters, Staubus and Randall has the experience and resources necessary to handle them. Our attorneys have seen it all, including straightforward probate and high-conflict litigation. From the outset, we will get to know you, your family, your needs, and your goals so that we can pursue the best possible outcome that protects your interests. As we seek to understand your legal situation fully, we may ask you for additional information and documentation, such as:

  • List of assets, such as homes, vehicles, etc.
  • Bank account statements
  • Financial assets, such as retirement funds, savings accounts, investment accounts, etc.
  • Business formation documents
  • Estate planning documents, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, guardianship documents, etc.
  • Death certificate

Once we have all the information necessary to understand the circumstances, we will guide you through all the legal options and the pros and cons associated with each. Once we agree on a path forward, we will forcefully advocate for you and your interests. We aim first to resolve legal matters through mediation, as it will save you time, money, and heartache. However, if a resolution cannot be reached that way, we will not hesitate to take the matter to court.

When to Sue

Unfortunately, there are many circumstances in which Staubus and Randall has sued on behalf of a client in an estate, probate, or trust matter that was not resolved through mediation. Our attorneys have helped Rowlett clients resolve disputes through litigation in the following types of cases:

  • Dispute over the validity of a will – For a will to be valid in Texas, the creator must be at least 18 years old and “of sound mind.” Furthermore, the will must be signed by the creator themselves and, in some instances, signed by at least two witnesses and notarized. Potential beneficiaries may contest a will for improper execution, as when a will is not signed by the creator. More frequently, potential beneficiaries contest a will for undue influence by a family member, friend, caregiver, or advisor. Staubus and Randall utilizes recognized experts and investigators to gather evidence to either dispute or uphold the validity of a will.
  • Dispute over the performance of an executor, administrator, or trustee – An executor, administrator, or trustee has a fiduciary responsibility to perform their duties in the best interests of their client, whether that’s an estate or a trust beneficiary. Disputes often arise when a fiduciary fails to perform their duties with care, such as using assets for personal benefit, dividing assets improperly, or failing to file proper documentation. Staubus and Randall can help families remove a problematic fiduciary and remedy their improper actions.
  • Dispute over property distribution – After a loved one passes away, disputes may arise over the distribution of property in their estate. Perhaps a beneficiary believes the distribution is unfair, or there is confusion about the decedent’s intentions for distribution. Staubus and Randall can help families resolve these disputes or, if necessary, sue to stand up for their rights.
  • Dispute over heirship determination – When someone passes away without a will, disputes may arise over who is and is not a legal heir. In some instances, unknown heirs, such as children outside the marriage, may show up seeking an inheritance. Staubus and Randall understands the laws concerning heirship determination and may litigate if necessary to protect your interests.

Contact Staubus and Randall Today for Help with Estate Disputes

For years, the estate litigation attorneys at Staubus and Randall have helped Rowlett clients to protect their families, safeguard their assets, and defend their rights with superb legal representation in a wide range of matters. Our attorneys are ready and able to provide you with the legal support you need to resolve your estate dispute efficiently and effectively. Contact Staubus and Randall today at 214-691-3411 to 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.

Staubus & Randall Team

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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