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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1992||03/29/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer - Elder Law||Best Lawyers in America||2015|
|Best Lawyer - Elder Law||Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyer - Elder Law||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Best Lawyer - Elder Law||Best Lawyers in America||2012|
|Partner||Moorman Tate Haley Upchurch & Yates, LLP||2000 - Present|
|Director - Legal Services and Litigation||Seton Healthcare Network||1997 - 2000|
|Associate||Brown McCarroll & Oaks Hartline||1992 - 1997|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American College of Trust and Estate Counsel||Fellow||2015 - Present|
|Washington County Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|Texas Bar Foundation||Fellow||1997 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas||Member||1992 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section||Council Member||2012 - 2016|
|Estate of Laverna Flentge, Deceased||Successfully defended will, revoking contestants' bequest under will.|
|Matthies v. Gammage||Jury verdict awarding plaintiff damages for tortious interference with inheritance and contractual rights.|
|Estate of Rosie K. Giessel, Deceased||Jury verdict for client/heir, upholding survivorship designation in favor of client|
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|State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First Guardianship Case Course||Administration of the Guardianship - What Do You Do Now?||2015|
|State Bar College Summer School Course||Perils and Pitfalls of Probate||2015|
|State Bar College Summer School Course||Checklists for Use in Estate Planning and Probate||2013|
|State Bar of Texas, Advanced Real Estate Course||Someone Had Better Clean Up This Mess! Clearing Title to Real Estate Through Probate||2011|
|Advanced Drafting - Estate Planning & Probate Seminar||Check That Off the List - Checklists for the Period Between Probate and Death||2011|
|Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning and Probate Seminar, State Bar of Texas||Pleadings in Dependent Administrations and Complex Probate Matters||2008|
|University of Texas School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Texas, Austin||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|State Bar of Texas, Advanced Guardianship Course||How 2015 Changes Are Affecting Your Practice||2016|
|Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference||Supported Decision-Making: A New Alternative to Guardianship||2016|
|Handling Your First Guardianship Case||Administration of the Guardianship - What Do You Do Now?||2015|
|Advanced Estate Planning & Probate||Course Director||2015|
|Advanced Guardianship Course||What's New in Texas Guardianships||2014|
|Advanced Estate Planning and Probate||Survey of Texas Probate Judges||2014|
|Texas State Bar College Summer School||Checklists for Use in Estate Planning and Probate||2013|
|Midland Foundation Estate Planning and Probate Seminar||Tools for Handling Complex Probate Matters||2013|
|Estate Planning and Probate Drafting||Checklists to Use with Clients: Dependent Administrations||2012|
|Building Blocks of Wills, Estates and Probate||Probate Administration||2012|
|Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Seminar||To Apply for Guardianship or Not||2012|
|Advanced Real Estate Law||Someone Had Better Clean Up This Mess!||2011|
|Advanced Estate Planning & Probate||Estate Planning and Probate 101||2011|
|Advanced Drafting - Estate Planning & Probate||Check That Off The List - Checklists for the Period Between Probate and Death||2011|
|Advanced Estate Planning & Probate||Estate Planning and Probate 101||2010|
|Advanced Drafting - Estate Planning and Probate||Pleadings in Dependent Administrations and Complex Probate Matters||2008|
|Advanced Estate Planning & Probate||Estate Planning and Probate 101||2004|
Posted by John
Laura represented myself and my wife as the plaintiffs throughout a difficult family business dispute. Her knowledge of law is unparalleled and her ability to think two steps ahead of the other side is uncanny; to a point that you will begin to think she is playing the game with the other guy's playbook in her hand. I cannot count the times, during advisement periods, that Laura would be discussing strategy and tell us, "If we do (this), they will do (that)"...sometimes discussing reactions from the other side that were to happen in hours or sometimes weeks from that moment and "sure enough", she was right. There may come a time in your case where you actually feel sorry for the person you are having your dispute with; you almost feel as if they are unfairly matched. That feeling is shortlived.
With that being said, Laura was adamant, considering our family involvement, that we always play "clean and fair" and "wear the white hat" throughout our entire dispute. This was not a suggestion from her to us, but, instead, was a declaration of her morals and ethics. I think she gets more satisfaction out of knowing that she played by the rules and still beat the other side.
That leads me to say this...
Not only is Laura Upchurch great at what she does, she seems to love what she does. She takes great pride in her work. For a more complete review, I wish I could give insight into how she handled herself in the face of losing, but quite frankly, we never really had that experience. Any set-back we may have experienced throughout our ordeal was always planned for and a reaction was already in the works before that negative result was even realized.
One of the best testimonials I can think of giving Laura stems from a situation that arose with a second business partner out of 3 partners involved in our business decided to join in on the lawsuit. Concerned that there may be a conflict of interest in using the same attorney as myself and my wife, the second partner chose to hire another attorney. When that second partner informed their attorney of who was representing our interests, the partner's attorney replied "...you better be glad they're on your side."
Laura is a petite lady, but I can assure you she carries a big stick and she most definitely knows how to use it when necessary. Throughout the course of our dispute, the defendants were represented by different lawyers. Those lawyers, as well as the defendant, were all males and not small in stature and although I personally witnessed numerous events where one or all attempted to "buck out their chests" and intimidate her, within seconds, either with her words or her posture, she had them all staring at their shoestrings. This lady is a force to be reckoned with.
We live almost an hour away from Laura's office, but whether it be by phone, email or lunch meetings, Laura kept us up-to-speed on every aspect of our case, from start to finish. She makes you feel as if your case is the only one she is handling, even though she is juggling numerous clients throughout the day; she is an artist is that respect. In fact, my wife and I were amazed to find out her caseload toward the middle of our ordeal, considering her responsiveness to our questions and concerns seemed to be immediate.
We had been told stories, even by other attorney's, to beware any attorney we hire and make sure they were fair and accurate on their billing. My wife handles our bills, mostly (Laura is laughing if she is reading this), and I was shocked when we went to a mediation and my wife quoted what our attorney's fees were (much lower than I thought), so that they could be calculated into our settlement. Probably the most fair billing in the industry and worth 100 times the fee!
We have since adopted Laura as our legal adviser for all current and future business ventures. She is excellent with reviewing and drafting contracts quickly.
Posted by Charles
Laura guided me through a tough guardianship battle. She knows her business. She has a wonderful personality and she's very smart plus she's got a ton of street smarts. Thank God I found her.
Rudolph Culp, Probate Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
Laura is an absolute professional and a top lawyer in our field. Not only is she a zealous advocate of her clients, but even as opposing counsel, she is fair and honest and one of those rare lawyers whose word is as good as gold.
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