Probate Lawyer in Houston and Fort Worth
Texas Probate Litigation Services
Probate litigation allows you to uphold the wishes of your loved one. Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law have intimate knowledge of the Texas Probate Code and can help your family through probate proceedings.
Attorneys Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly offers a variety of probate litigation services to fit your family’s needs:
Keith and his team were fantastic. We had heard horror stories of the probate process but our experience was fast and ...- Thomas M.
He researched my problem, consulted another expert just for a second opinion, and responded to me with the answers I needed. He is a SUPER PERSON.- Kathie
He helped my family navigate a unique probate and trust process right at the end of the year.- Previous Client
Keith is one of the finest and technically proficient lawyers I have ever met.- Jennifer
Keith is very professional and was able to settle my family dispute.- Susan
Keith would be the one attorney I hope I never set on the opposite side of the table against.- Bruce
Mr. Morris represented me in a complicated and nasty probate matter. I am a paralegal and must say that Mr. Morris is in the top .5 of the 1% of excellent lawyers.- Jennifer L.
Keith was easy to reach and had a lot of knowledge about estate planning. He helped me and my family with our wills and helped set up trusts for my kids.- Oda
Probate Litigation and Intestacy
It is unfortunately not uncommon for a Texas resident to die without a will. The legal term for this scenario is intestacy. Without a will in place, the state is granted control to determine the distribution of property.
When the state of Texas takes the reigns for those who die without a will, the rules are rigid. In certain cases, a beneficiary may not receive their fair share of the assets. Hiring a probate litigation and intestacy attorney may be the only way to stop the state from misappropriating the property of your loved one.
Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly, Attorneys at Law will take the time to explain the rules that relate to intestacy and property distribution. When a person passes without a will, the state will make plans for them. Take the time to speak with an attorney experienced with probate litigation and don’t allow the state to make choices for your family.
Contesting a Will
The details of a will can have lasting effects for everyone involved, and not always in a positive manner. Family members can contest a will for a variety of reasons:
- Undue influence. Outside pressure from an interested party may have influenced the will’s creator and prompted favoritism.
- Fraud. A will created and signed by someone other than the testator is a fraudulent will. Only the testator – the person assigning their assets – can generate and sign the will.
- Signed improperly. A detail-oriented probate attorney will carefully review a will for mistakes before it is finalized. Missed signatures can be a reason for contesting a will.
- Capacity. Illness like Alzheimer’s disease or unexpected severe injuries may reduce the capacity for creating a lawful will and may be reason question the validity of the will’s statements.
If you are considering taking the steps to contest a will, start by contacting Attorneys Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly. The firm has helped families contest wills for all the reasons listed. When a family member or loved one dies in Texas, the person’s estate should be lawfully distributed by a will free of fraud and discrepancy.
Get Help from Probate Litigation Lawyers
Probate litigation can involve contesting a will, trust, or probate proceeding. Hiring an experienced attorney to enforce your legal rights through probate litigation may be the only recourse for upholding the wishes of your loved one.
Probate litigation can occur for any of the following probate scenarios:
- Forgery of signatures
- Invalid will
- Improper asset categorization
- Undue influence on testator
- Fiduciary negligence
- Determining heirship
Dispute Resolved Estate Administration & Division of Assets
Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.
Dispute Resolved Estate Administration Case
Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.
Hearing Won Evidentiary Hearing
Won lengthy evidentiary hearing to prove client was not in contempt of court to avoid sanction or jail time.
Case Won Guardianship Case
Won trial to exclude wife to serve as guardian of gentleman she married that was at least twice her age.
Six-Figure Settlement Reached Multi-Million Dollar Estate Case
Obtained six-figure settlement after jury was seated for adopted child in multi-million dollar estate case after adoption was disputed.
With over 40+ years of combined legal experience, Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly devoted their efforts to sharpening their skills in probate, trust, and estate planning and litigation.
Keith Morris & Stacy Kelly are proud to be the litigators that takes on the most complicated and difficult cases to court and getting their clients optimal results.
Your first free case evaluation with us can be done through video conference, phone call, or an in-person meeting.
If you call our firm, we will personally pick up the phone and handle your case with the attention it deserves.
Contact the firm today to discuss your case during a free consultation and explore your options.