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Keith Morris

Attorney at Law
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Mr. Morris is a partner at The Blum Firm and has devoted himself to the practice discipline of probate since the start of his education. Mr. Morris is focused on consumer and commercial litigation, probate, guardianship and estates, probate and fiduciary litigation, bankruptcy litigation and other general litigation. Mr. Morris represents people, small businesses, and corporations in litigation matters and has tried numerous cases to verdict. He has also been hired by Harris County and many other counties in Texas to serve in a fiduciary capacity as Ad Litem, Administrator, and Guardian. His duties as an administrator consist of accounting for and protecting the assets of a decedent’s estate, producing distributions to creditors, tracking down family members that might be heirs or have an interest in the estate, and winding up the estate.

Education & Admissions

  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Texas A&M University, 1997.
  • Juris Doctor, University of Houston Law Center, 2001.
  • Admitted to practice law: Texas, 2001.
  • Admitted to practice law: United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas, 2005.

Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, 2001 – Litigation Section; Estate Planning & Probate Section
  • National Guardianship Association
  • National College of Probate Judges
  • Texas Guardianship Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Association of Debtors Attorneys
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association

Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyers – 2015 - 2019
  • Texas Rising Stars – 2011-2015
  • H Texas Magazine Top Lawyers – 2013
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine 2012-2014
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates – Top 1% Attorneys In America
  • “Best Lawyer” by Best Lawyers in America – 2021
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators 

Scholarly Lectures & Writings

  • Fiduciary Duties in Real Estate Transactions and Beyond, Tarrant County Probate Bar Association (2021)
  • COVID-19 Has Increased Demand for Estate Planning. Here is How to Do It Right, Texas Lawyer (2020)
  • The University of Houston Law Center’s People’s Law School (2019)
  • ‘Signing’ Without Signing: What Every Estate Planner Should Know About the Federal E-Sign Act and the Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, Montgomery County Bar Association (2018)
  • Agents and Managers for Athletes, Actors and Musicians and the Related Fiduciary Duties, The State Bar of Texas (2018)
  • ‘Signing’ Without Signing: What Every Estate Planner Should Know About the Federal E-Sign Act and the Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ Annual Council of Advanced Practitioners Conference (2018)
  • The University of Houston Law Center’s People’s Law School (2018)
  • How Not to Pay the Piper – Creditors and Estates, San Antonio Estate Planners Council’s Docket Call in Probate Court (2018)
  • Dealing with MERP Claims Through Probate Proceedings, Advanced Elder Law (2017)
  • The University of Houston Law Center’s People’s Law School (2017)
  • The Changing Face of the Jury Trial, Fiduciary Litigation Seminar (2016)
  • Working with Creditors and Claims in Guardianship, Dependent and Independent Administrations, The University of Texas School of Law’s Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Elder Law Conference (2016)
  • Prejudgment Processes and Procedures to Level the Playing Field – Tricks, Traps and Opportunities from a Litigator and Judicial Perspective, The State Bar of Texas’s Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course (2016)
  • The University of Houston Law Center’s People’s Law School (2016)
  • Texas Guardianship Manual (Editor and Co-Author), State Bar of Texas (2015)
  • Prejudgment Processes and Procedures to Level the Playing Field – Tricks, Traps and Opportunities from a Litigator and Judicial Perspective, Fiduciary Litigation Seminar (2015)
  • The University of Houston Law Center’s People’s Law School (2015)
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (2015)
  • Intersection of Probate and Bankruptcy, Houston Paralegal Association, 2014.
  • Probate Process Start to Finish, Institute for Paralegal Education, 2014.
  • Fiduciary Duties in Real Estate Transactions: Recognizing Relationships That Might Result in Fiduciary Duties, Houston Bar Association Real Estate Section, 2013.
  • Planning for the Future, Mended Hearts, July 2011.
  • Guardian Ad Litem and Contested Matters, South Texas College of Law 26th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, 2011.
  • Estate Planning and Probate, The People’s Law School, April 2009 and November 2009.
  • Foundations of Estate Administration, Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important, 2009.
  • Preparing to Begin the Administration Process, Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important, 2009.
  • Finding FDCPA Claims in Bankruptcy, Houston Association of Debtors Attorneys, February 2008.
Awards
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
    Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • Avvo 5 Star Rating
    Avvo 5 Star Rating
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • Distinguished Justice Advocates
    Distinguished Justice Advocates
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine
    Houston's Top Lawyers, Houstonia Magazine
  • H Texas Magazine Top Lawyers 2013
    H Texas Magazine Top Lawyers 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars
    Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

Real Clients. Real Reviews.

  • Keith made the probate process as painless as possible.

    There were some complicated circumstances that he had to deal with.

    - Barry
  • He is aggressive in court room while remaining respectful and compassionate to other lawyers and his clients.

    “Keith is one of the finest and technically proficient lawyers I have ever met.”

    - Jennifer
  • Keith was very professional and supportive throughout the whole process.

    “He was very aggressive with my case and did not back down. I could tell he wanted what was right.”

    - Carl
  • Knowledgeable and carries through with what he says.

    “Keith proved to have just the level of aggressiveness I was looking for in a lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and carries through with what he says he will do in a timely manner.”

    - Michael
  • Keith and his team were fantastic.

    “Keith and his team were fantastic. We had heard horror stories of the probate process but our experience was fast and flawless with Keith. The loss of our loved one was very unexpected and the estate ...”

    - Thomas M.
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Success that Speaks for Itself

  • 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.

  • Won Summary Judgment Multi-Million Dollar Trust Dispute

    Won summary judgment for prominent South Texas family in multi-million-dollar trust dispute over real property.

  • Settlement Reached Multi-Million Dollar International Estate

    Successfully negotiated settlement between surviving spouse and foreign advisers in multi-million dollar international estate.

  • Dispute Resolved Estate Administration Case

    Successfully resolved case between two siblings fighting over cash and personal property of their father.

  • Dispute Resolved Estate Administration & Division of Assets

    Resolved highly contentious ongoing dispute over father’s estate and division of assets between son and daughter.

  • 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.

  • Successful Verdict Probate Case

    Obtained verdict for daughter that reunited with her father after being estranged and offered will for probate but was contested by her sister.

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