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With more than 38 years of experience, Robert S. Morris practices Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship and Elder Law. 


As a probate lawyer, Mr. Morris regularly handles probate and guardianship matters in Denton, Collin, Dallas and Tarrant counties.


Mr. Morris began his practice in Austin, Texas after graduating from the University of Texas School of Law.


In 1981 he left Austin to become County Attorney in Martin County, Texas, a position he held until 1985. 


In 1983, Mr. Morris was elected by his fellow prosecutors as a member of the board of directors of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, a position he held from 1983-1985. 


In 1986, Mr. Morris accepted an appointment as First Assistant District Attorney for the 118th Judicial District. As First Assistant DA, Mr. Morris prosecuted governmental corruption, obtaining a conviction against a county employee on over 20 counts of misapplication of fiduciary property. He also handled appeals for the DA’s office, with no conviction ever being reversed. 


In 1987, Mr. Morris joined the Criminal District Attorney’s Office in Denton, where his job was to represent Denton County in civil matters. He represented the County in employment and contract matters, and defended the County from prisoner lawsuits in both state and federal court. 


In 1992, Mr. Morris left the DA’s office and went back to private practice and in 1994 joined Hammerle Finley where he has beeing practicing ever since.


 


Areas of Practice:



  • Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning

  • Probate, Guardianships and Estate Administration

  • Elder Law

  • Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution


 


Memberships:



  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)


 


Representative Cases:




  • Reitmeyer v. Charm Craft Publisher, 619 S.W.2d. 441 (Tex. Civ. App.-Waco 1981)


  • Downey v. Denton County, Texas, 119 F.3rd 381 (U.S. Court of Appeals-Fifth Circuit 1997)


  • Gaskill v. Sneaky Enterprises, Inc, 997 S.W.2d 296 (Tex. App.-Ft. Worth 1999)


  • Foley v. Perlier, 68 S.W. 3rd 870 (Tex. App- FT. Worth 2002)


  • Meyer v. WMCO-GP, LLC, 211 S.W.3rd 302 (Tex. 2006)


  • McCrary v. Office of Personnel Management, 459 F.3rd 1344 (US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2006)


 


Bar Admissions:



  • Texas, 1977

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


 


Education:


J.D. from University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas


B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins University

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Probate: 40%
    29 years, 125 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    29 years, 100 cases
  3. Guardianship: 15%
    29 years, 50 cases
  4. Elder Law: 15%
    15 years, 50 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Grant Tyler Thornhill

    I endorse this lawyer. Rob has decades of knowledge and experience with estate planning and probate matters, which he puts to good use for the benefit of his clients.

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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gilland Alva Chenault

    I am a probate litigation attorney in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. I have had several contested probate and guardianship matters in which Mr. Morris represented the opposing party. I appreciate his experience and his professionalism. His clients are well represented.

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    Gilland Chenault Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hammerle Finley Law Firm

2871 Lake Vista Dr.
#100
Lewisville, TX, 75067-6314

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 197708/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Life FellowTexas Bar Foundation2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyHammerle Finley Law Firm1994 - Present
Civil Attorney for Denton CountyDenton County Criminal District Attorneys Office1987 - 1992
First Assistant District Attorney118th Judicial District1986 - 1987
Adjunct ProfessorHoward Community College1985 - 1987
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
WealthCounselMember2005 - Present
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember1999 - Present
U.S. District Court Eastern District of TexasMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court Northern District of TexasMember1995 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th CircuitMember1995 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court Western District of TexasMember1994 - Present
U.S. District Court Southern District of TexasMember1991 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsMember1988 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1977 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McCrary v. Office of Personnel ManagementA win and it established the rule that the government was obligated to give accurate information to retiring employees regarding the choice to purchase credit for military service.
Meyer v. WMCO-GP, LLCA Win. Texas Supreme Court ruled that we could compel arbitration where the claim was based in part on a contract with an arbitration clause, even if the claimant had not agreed to arbitration.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Dallas Morning NewsMarital Property Agreements2013
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Johns Hopkins UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Texas Seniors ExpoSeven Documents You Can't Live Without2013
Lewisville AARPSeven Documents You Can't Live Without2013