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Paul Franklin Wright

Probate Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.7   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    43%
    I am a Texas Board Certified Probate and Estate Planning Lawyer. I am a specialist in probate, probate litigation, will contests, guardianship, fiduciary litigation, trust litigation, probate administration and tax issues.

    25 years

  2. Estate planning
    32%
    I am a Texas Board Certified Probate and Estate Planning Lawyer. I am a specialist in taxable and non-taxable estate planning. Including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, special needs planning and charitable planning.

    25 years

  3. Business
    10%
    I am a CPA/JD. I started coaching small businesses in my twenties and have over 27 years of experience advising business owners regarding business law, business structuring, succession, litigation and business tax issues.

    25 years

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    I am a Texas Board Certified Probate and Estate Planning Lawyer. I am a specialist in probate, probate litigation, will contests, guardianship, fiduciary litigation, trust litigation, probate administration and tax issues.

    25 years

  5. Tax
    5%
    I am also a CPA. Significant experience in Trust and Estate; Individual and Entity Taxation (LLCs, Partnerships, Corporations and S-corps).

    25 years

 

In 2002 I started The Wright Firm, LLP.  I also founded Wright Legal, PLLC - a Texas probate and estate planning law firm.  I am a Board Certified Probate & Estate Planning Attorney and a Texas CPA.

 I am a Dallas native and attended Jesuit College Preparatory School. I am blessed to be married to an amazing woman and we have three children.    

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Location

Paul Franklin Wright
8350 N. Central Expressway
Suite 420
Dallas, TX, 75206

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal counseling
This lawyer is awesome. He was kind, understanding, smart and provided us great legal counseling! I never met a better lawyer. I highly recommend him because he will truly have your best interest in mind. Thank you!!
Posted by Linda | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul Wright - The Best Ever!
The first time I talked to Paul Wright, I was impressed at his knowledge and he knew exactly what I was talking about. I went to see him and I was scared and nervous as I had just recently lost my husband and didn't know what to do. Mr. Wright was really nice and had excellent advice for me. And I could tell he has a good heart. I have other legal matters I am going to hire him for and would definitely recommend him!
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Posted by Christopher | October 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Paul F. Wright--- GREAT lawyer
I am an out of state attorney with 30 plus years of heavy courtroom and trial experience. I have tried well in excess of 150 serious matters before juries and many cases against high visibility National trial counsel. When I needed a personal lawyer, in Dallas, with experience in estate planing and later probate experience, I called the Dallas Bar Association for a referral. Paul F. Wright was on top of the list. I have dealt with him now for several years on estate planing issues, the drafting of wills, actual probate issues, hearings, trials in court, tax issues, and the standard complexities of this kind of law. During the entire length of my experience with Paul F. Wright and members of his firm, I have been fully satisfied. He is a very bright and highly skilled attorney with major people skills. He takes care of his clients. He takes time to listen to his clients. He thinks "outside the box". His CPA expertise compliments his extensive legal knowledge which eliminates the number one mistake of many estate lawyers, namely, understanding tax consequences. I have worked with and against lawyers from all over the US and I have to say that Paul F. Wright is a Dallas treasure! There are two Paul Wrights who are attorneys in Dallas---- MY review relates to PAUL F. WRIGHT!! Be sure you are talking to him!!
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Posted by Hudson | February 28, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very intelligent and helpful.
I had the pleasure speaking with Paul Wright regarding entity formation during a brief 15-minute phone session. He was knowledgeable and offered tailored advice to help me with my specific needs. I highly recommend Paul.
Posted by Robert | April 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
I live in New Jersey now and consulted with Mr. Wright over the phone. He was very helpful and provided several outstanding ideas to help resolve my problem. While in Dallas, I had an in person meeting and found him very easy to talk with. To help me thru my problem we created a task outline.
Response from Paul Wright April 23, 2017
Thank you for the kind comments! We often serve clients across the United States. It's one of the reasons we embrace technology and also offer multi-party telephone conferences and video conferencing. We also work with local counsel to resolve cross state issues, particularly for New York and California. So glad we could help resolve the matter. - Paul
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Posted by Mike | February 22, 2017
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Ethical, honest and a true subject matter expert!
Mr. Wright's firm is a breath of fresh air if you need to retain them. He has surrounded himself with professionals that take a real interest in your case. He and his associates listen to you and then truthfully tell you what you can and cannot expect. No smoke screens or mirrors, just the honest truth. If there is a question they cannot answer they have and use the resources to get it quick. Well done sir!
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Response from Paul Wright April 23, 2017
Thank you! We take the team approach with every case and have the bench depth to handle the tough matters. Competence, Communication and Compassion are the core values of our estate planning and probate group. It's great to hear that our core values are radiating! If we can help again let me know. - Paul
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate case
Paul and another attorney from his firm, Julian Kehler, handled a contested probate of my aunt's estate. The case was somewhat complicated given people from multiple states were involved. Paul is the consummate professional, very personable, clearly enjoys his work. I knew little about the probate process when we went into this and Paul and Julian kept us well informed as to the status, process, etc. The case recently concluded and I believe we achieved the best possible outcome under the circumstances. I would hope not to need an attorney again in Texas but if I did, they would be my first choice.
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Posted by theRobisons | March 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Paul Wright, knowledgeable and helpful
My husband and I were very happy with our first consultation meeting with Paul Wright. Our questions were regarding Eldercare. He help us to understand the warranty deed with life estate documents given to my husband by his father. We look forward to working with Paul Wright in the near future.
Posted by Anne | February 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Solutions
When I came to Paul Wright's office, my estate planning concerns were met with a smile and a can-do attitude! Mr. Wright took the fear out of the meeting room for me as he was interested in what I needed and explained in layman's terms what my options were. He helped me reach a decision on this important matter and take the action needed to protect my estate. He even provided me notes from our meeting so I could take home the details of my estate plan!
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Posted by Margaret | February 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Paul Wright, ethical and knowledgeable
Paul defended me in a long drawn out case in which he saw many firsts himself. He dealt with opposing counsel who were deceitful and manipulative. Paul stayed above board pulled through a win for me and my team. I would recommend him for the toughest of probate cases after this experience.
Posted by Dan | May 28, 2014
Paul Wright the right attorney
Paul was referred to me by a large firm. I found him to be very knowledgeable and helpful in his advice. If I need any further assistance in this matter he will be the one I ask for help.
Posted by Angie | January 23, 2014
My best experience of consulting and communicating with an attorney!
Thank you for the most professional, patient and prompt legal assistance! Despite your busy schedule you took the time to listen and review material that helped me solve the matter quicker and better than I was hoping.
Posted by Jan | November 5, 2013
My experience with Paul Wright
I have used Mr Wright personally and have recommended The Wright Firm to quite a few of my clients. He is the consumate professional and very attentive to details. I believe he is a gentleman and does what he promises.
Posted by Barbara | October 17, 2013
Estate Planning
Paul is extremely knowledgeable in the Estate Planning field and does a wonderful job discussing a very complex topic in a simplified manner with the clients I have sent to him. I appreciate his apparent concern about my clients issues and detailed follow-up. I would and do recommend him to my clients for their Estate Planning needs.
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Posted by Brian | January 11, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Run
Don't waste your time. Find someone actually engaged on what your needs might be. 10 months later and two delivered documents that were moons away from the original ask. blah blah blah. He won, got paid and delivered nothing worthy of signature.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-550 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-45%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • The Wright Firm, LLP
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Watkins & Warren, P.C.
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Morris & Morris, L.L.P.
  • 1997 - 1999
  • Law Clerk
  • Fisher, Gallagher & Lewis, LLP
  • 1996 - 1997
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Education

  • South Texas College Of Law
  • Law
  • 1997
  • University of North Texas
  • MS - Master of Science
  • 1991
  • University of North Texas
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1991
  • Jesuit College Preparatory School - Dallas, Texas
  • 1986
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Guardianship of Stokley; 2011 WL 4600428 (Tex. App-Dallas)
  • Appealed Ex Parte Probate Court Action on behalf of client

Associations

  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • BNI 29%
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2002
  • South Texas College of Law - Law Review
  • Assistant Note & Comment Editor
  • 1996 - 1997
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Monthly Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best of Dallas - Estate Planning & Probate Attorney
  • D Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best of Dallas Estate Planning & Probate Attorney
  • D Magazine
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2015
  • Best of Dallas Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys
  • D Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Accredited VA Attorney
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyer
  • Texas Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
  • 1996
  • ADR - Mediation Certificate
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1996
  • Family Law Medication Certificate
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1996
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Publications

  • Texas Tax Lawyer
  • Estate and Gift Tax: Recent Developments
  • 2002
  • South Texas Law Review
  • Taxation-Innocent Spouse Provision-Of Erroneous Deductions and Decisions-From 6013(e) to 6015-The Knowledge Requirement and The Erroneous Deduction Quagmire of The Internal Revenue Code
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • Trusts 101
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2017
  • Trusts 101
  • Where to Begin? - An Overview of Trusts
  • 2017
  • A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case Management
  • Drafting The Initial Pleadings
  • 2017
  • A Litigation Paralegal's Guide to Case Management
  • Initial Case Management
  • 2017
  • Trusts 101
  • Trusts Used for Tax Reduction
  • 2014
  • NBI - Conference
  • Sales and Use Tax Audits: What to Do and When
  • 2014
  • St. Francis Catholic Church
  • Getting Your House In-Order - Texas Estate Planning
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (53)
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Probate Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is organized, prepared and a smart worker in litigation as well as negotiation. It has been my pleasure to work with him and otherwise."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is relentless in the courtroom and works tirelessly for his clients. He's a smart lawyer that is willing to look at a problem from all angles to come up with a solution that meets his clients needs."
Probate Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Paul for many years. He is a lawyer with a great deal of integrity. He is extremely knowledgeable in probate and estate planning. It doesn't matter if it is a large complex estate or a smaller estate where you children are the main concern, Paul is a great choice."
Tax Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Friend
"I think Paul is a great lawyer with experience in complicated issues and I definitely endorse him."
Probate Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul does a great job for his clients, and I would trust any of mine to him. I definitely endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Family member
"Paul Wright is an excellent lawyer who cares about his clients. Paul is also a CPA and has the tax background necessary to properly advise clients on probate and estate planning matters."
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