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James Brian Thomas

James Brian Thomas

also known as Brian Thomas

Practice areas:

Probate, Litigation, Wills & Living Wills, Guardianship, Estate Planning

About Me

My practice focuses exclusively on the areas of Probate, Guardianship, Trust and Estate Disputes and Fiduciary Litigation.  As an active member of the Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, I am consistently honing my skills and working to improve my community through projects sponsored by the Bar Association and various probate and elder law committees.  I have been an author and speaker on several occasions and find it incredibly rewarding to educate my colleagues and neighbors on the issues and ethical challenges that attorneys in my area can face.


 


I am proud to provide responsible and efficient representation to clients at those times when a trusted advocate is needed most.  Probate, Guardianship and Estate Disputes each involve significant decisions and consequences often felt far beyond any courtroom.  Whether as advisor or advocate for executors, beneficiaries, guardians or other interested parties, I consider it a privilege to serve clients in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and its surrounding counties with their legal issues, and I look forward to assisting you.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Litigation: 23%
    9 years
  2. Probate: 23%
    9 years
  3. Guardianship: 22%
    9 years
  4. Wills & Living Wills: 22%
    9 years
  5. Estate Planning: 10%
    9 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($275-295/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Johanna Ellen Bennett

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Johanna Bennett Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Mark Robert Caldwell

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Mark Caldwell Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Burdette & Rice PLLC

4851 LBJ Freeway
Suite #601
Dallas, TX, 75244

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200608/25/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBurdette & Rice, PLLC2014 - Present
AttorneyBurdette & Rice PLLC2012 - Present
AttorneyLaw Office of J. Brian Thomas2011 - 2012
AssociateFord & Mathiason LLP2006 - 2010

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Dallas Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate SectionN/A2008 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
No. 02-14-00170-CV; Estate of Maurice Boylan; Fort Worth Court of AppealsTrial and appellate victory for client

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Trusts 101Ethical Considerations2012
Trusts 101Estate Planning for the Disabled2012
National Business Institute SeminarAdministering Small Estates: Time-Saving Tips2011
National Business Institute SeminarFind it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web2011
National Business Institute SeminarThe Art of Trust Administration2011
Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder ClientsTips and Traps When Consulting with the Elder Client2010
Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder ClientsUnderstanding Post Mortem Options2010
Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder ClientsUnderstanding Long-Term Care Options2010
Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is ImportantEthical Challenges in Estate Administration2009
Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is ImportantCommon Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate2009
The Probate Process From Start to Finish for ParalegalsEthical Perils in the Probate Process2008
The Probate Process From Start to Finish for ParalegalsThe Rights of the Surviving Spouse2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A2005

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Trusts 101Estate Planning for the Disabled2012
Trusts 101Ethical Considerations2012
Trust Administration: Challenges and Best PracticesTrust Administration: Challenges and Best Practices2012
The Art of Trust Administration: Fiduciary LiabilityFiduciary Liability2012
National Business Institute SeminarThe Art of Trust Administration2011
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Paralegals Conducting Legal ResearchFind it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web2011
Administering Small Estates: Time-Saving TipsAdministering Small Estates: Time-Saving Tips2011
Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder ClientsTips and Traps When Consulting with the Elder Client2010
Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder ClientsUnderstanding Post Mortem Options2010
Estate, Financial and Healthcare Planning for Elder ClientsUnderstanding Long-Term Care Options2010
Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is ImportantEthical Challenges in Estate Administration2009
Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is ImportantCommon Issues to be Prepared for in Litigation and Probate2009
The Probate Process From Start to Finish for ParalegalsThe Rights of the Surviving Spouse2008
The Probate Process From Start to Finish for ParalegalsEthical Perils in the Probate Process2008
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the WebFinding Free Legal Research Sites and Free Caselaw2008
Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the WebHow to Search Like a Pro2008