5.0 stars 10 totalReview Debra Cunningham
Posted by J.E.T.
After my wife passed, I needed help probating her will. I was recommended to Debbie Cunningham by my financial advisor. I trust my advisor with my money, so I certainly trust her to recommend an attorney. She did not let me down – I was very pleased with the work Debbie did for me, so much so that I asked her to draft a new will for me as well.
I found that Debbie is very knowledgeable about the probate process and wills. She took her time and helped me understand every step of the process. She’s not a “pressure” type of person. When helping me, she thoroughly laid out every possible solution and allowed me to choose what I saw as the best option.
Posted by Leslie
I hired Debbie after my mother passed away. We were in the middle of selling her house and were concerned the sale would fall through if we didn’t probate her will quickly.
When I explained our situation, Debbie understood what was important to us. She quickly formed a game plan to help us meet our goals. She handled my mother’s probate in an efficient and timely manner. I really appreciated that there were no unexpected fees and that she kept me in the loop every step of the way.
Debbie and her staff were professional, competent and compassionate. I felt confident and secure that they were taking care of everything for us. I highly recommend Debbie to anyone who needs help with a will or probate.
Posted by Bill
My partner and I were at the stage in our relationship where we wanted to be legally bound to one another. The only problem was that we weren’t sure what documents were needed to ensure we would have the power to make decisions for each other in the future.
We asked our friends if they could refer us to an attorney that had experience helping GLBT couples in Texas with their estate plan. Debbie Cunningham was highly recommended and when we met her, it was the icing on the cake. She was extremely personable and very knowledgeable about estate planning.
Planning for the future can sometimes feel morbid but Debbie made the situation much more comfortable. She was never demanding and always took the time to explain which documents we needed and why they were important to our plan. Debbie exceeded our expectations and made the estate planning process a positive experience.
I always take the time to refer Debbie to people who need help with their plans. I tell them, “She is the perfect person to help get your documents in order.”
Posted by Ali
I wanted an experienced attorney who recognizes the sensitive nature of a case involving family members. My children’s great-grandfather passed and left them as beneficiaries to a trust. The trustee was supposed to transfer the trust over to my wife via a special directive but had not done so. I needed an attorney who understood the complexities of trust law and the probate system to represent my children’s interests.
Debbie was very in tune with our needs. She understood that my family’s relationships were strained, and I wanted to avoid further tension. Debbie understood my family values and never let me lose sight of the bigger picture. Preserving family relationships was just as important as fulfilling the special directives.
She really took the time to understand the personalities involved in our case and had the perfect balance of sensitivity and forcefulness that I was seeking. Her measured approach kept us out of court and resolved the matter, which is what we were looking for.
Debbie’s strategy and timing was impeccable from start to finish. She provided personalized and exceptional service. I’m convinced that if it wasn’t for Debbie, we’d still be battling it out. Without a doubt, I would recommend Debbie to anyone needing representation.
Posted by Elizabeth
When my husband passed away suddenly, I was in a state of shock and completely overwhelmed. He didn’t have a Will or any other estate plan documents in place and I knew it was going to be a mess. My husband had children from a prior marriage and when they got involved in the arrangements, I didn’t know how we were going to work it all out.
A friend referred me to Debbie Cunningham because she is very experienced with Probate when there isn’t a Will in place. Upon meeting her I knew she was the right person to help me. She was very calm and she made me feel like my case was a priority for her. I had just lost my husband, and I needed someone to listen to me. What kept me sane was knowing that Debbie was taking care of the legal issues and I didn’t have to be worried about it.
She was on top of everything especially with the short time frame and pressured others to keep things moving forward at all times. Debbie is conscientious, diligent and very hard working. She makes things happen!
Debbie made sure I got the fairest possible outcome – it was such a relief. She walked me through it every step of the way, and I leaned on her for everything- social security issues, veteran’s benefits and even closing on the sale of my house.
If you have someone that passes away without a Will, especially with stepchildren or a blended family, I would highly recommend Debbie Cunningham. It can be very complicated but Debbie really knows what she’s doing.
Posted by June
Debbie handled my best friends Last Will and Testament prior to her passing. She and her husband had recommended Debbie to me after the sudden unexpected passing of my Dad. I interviewed several other attorneys over the phone that seemed to be monetarily focused. I chose Debbie to represent my Dad's Estate due to her extreme compassion during an emotionally and stressful time.
Although, a written Will was not created prior to his passing, he did express his wishes to many other family members. Unfortunately, his widow did not concur.
Debbie explained the Texas probate process and each step involved in disputing an estate without a Will. She constantly side noted difficult legal verbiage to layman terms ensuring the understanding of my responsibilities. She was the perfect mediator for this extremely tense and sensitive situation.
I always felt like I was her #1 client. She was even gracious enough to travel two hours away to attend hearings. Her remarkable service was at extremely fair rates. She met and exceeded all my goals and expectations – 10 out of 10!
I continue to HIGHLY recommend her to all those in need of Probate, Wills, and Estate Planning.
Posted by Sandra C.
In 2010, after moving my father from Florida to Texas (due to his failing health), I needed to hire a local attorney to help me with the transfer of his court-appointed guardianship. I was interested in finding a female attorney, in a small firm, and close in proximity. I found Debbie through an online search and quickly discovered she was the right fit and more!
Debbie impressed me be responding to my email right away and was very friendly and caring. I felt that she was not only available, but genuinely interested in helping, and was able to meet with me soon thereafter.
Debbie exceeded my expectations - she was personable, professional - yet with a laid-back demeanor, responsive, approachable, and a genuinely nice person. She made me feel as though this was not just "another case." I was very confident in her expertise and ability to take care of us and she did. Debbie did a wonderful job handling the complex details of my case, in a timely manner, all while showing kindness and sincerity throughout the process. I've shared this experience with many friends and family, some of who have since engaged Debbie's services.
After several months of working with Debbie on my father's guardianship, she learned that I had a paralegal certificate specializing in Estate Planning and Probate Law. I have since been hired to join her team and help families the same way she helped mine. I was completely satisfied with her as my attorney and am even more grateful to have her as my boss!
Posted by Fred Campos
I was attending one of Debbie’s presentations about the importance of creating an Estate Plan when it dawned on me that I had not updated my Will after my marriage. I have three young children, one from a previous relationship, in a blended family and it’s important that they are protected if anything should happen to me.
Until I met Debbie, my future planning documents consisted of a “Will in a box” I had purchased long before getting married and having a family. Those types of Wills work for single individuals who don’t have any large possessions, but I no longer fit into that category. My wife and I realized it was time to hire a professional to help us map out our future.
Debbie made me realize the importance of creating a custom estate plan by describing situations that never crossed my mind. No family is a cookie-cutter case and their estate plan shouldn't be either. Her ability to communicate complicated issues and put them into perspective made the process much more pleasant.
Debbie takes a positive approach and knows how to address the sensitive topics. She is very professional but still relates to people and their concerns for the future. I would recommend Debbie to anyone who wants to work with a down-to-earth, family-focused attorney.
Posted by Kevin H.
Before my grandmother passed away, she contacted Debbie and hired her to update her will. We decided that it only made sense to hire Debbie when trying to probate Grandmother’s will. If Grandmother trusted Debbie, that was good enough for us.
The only thing we were worried about was the distance to her office. We live 250 miles away and weren't sure if that would be a problem. Debbie has been more than accommodating, making her services available to us and working around our schedules. We are very thankful for her flexibility.
We expected the probate for Grandmother’s will to be fairly routine, but we quickly found out that things were a bit more complicated in our case. Despite this, Debbie has handled all the complex details of the probate and has been very thorough and prepared. Again, she knows the court system and understands the complexities of our case.
The opposing counsel has been very contentious and combative. Debbie has kept us informed and calm, and had done a great job relieving our anxiety when things appeared to be going against us.
We have been impressed with the level of Debbie’s professionalism and will recommend her to anyone who needs help in with estate planning or handling probate for a will. If the need ever arises, we will definitely utilize her professional services again.
Posted by anonymous
Debbie drafted confidentiality documents for the signature of contract workers I use in the agency. She was very prompt and answered all of my questiosn and concerns. Better response time than other attorneys.
I have also referred clients to Debbie for wills, guardianships and powers of attorney. They have all commented on Debbie's responsiveness and ability to explain things clearly.