Denton Probate Attorneys
The Chenault Law Firm is a Denton County Probate, Fiduciary Litigation & Contested Administration Law Firm proud to serve North Texas on legal issues related to wills, trusts, and estate planning documents. From drafting and administrating to resolving disputes and litigating misconduct, we are proud to offer a premiere selection of legal services to meet your specific probate needs.
We understand just how deeply emotionally charged and complex such situations can be. That’s why our commitment to each and every clients remains to help bring any such matters to a settlement as quickly and efficiently as we can. Often times, quickly resolving disputed matters in Probate require creativity, practicality, and legal expertise that you can only find with experience. The Chenault Law Firm is proud to offer residents of Denton County and all of North Texas reliable, focused, and compassionate legal services and expertise during such times. For a free consultation, fill out the form below or call us at 972.591.0099 today.
Will & Trust Construction and Interpretation
The Chenault Firm also serves Denton and North Texas in Will and Trust Construction cases. These are cases where the process of determining to whom the deceased intended to distribute their assets is necessary. There may be any number of reasons a will or trust needs to be reformed in order to more accurately reflect the true intent of the deceased settlor. Whether or not you oppose or support steps to reform a will or trust, we can help.
When it comes to representing your interests and position during negotiations and other legal proceedings, we will work diligently on your behalf so that you can have the peace of mind you deserve during such difficult times. We know that disputes over the intent of the Settlor often take place between family members and that the issues need to be handled with the utmost discretion and care. This is why the Chenault Frim always makes it a first priority to achieve the most positive outcome for our clients we can while still being cost-efficient.
Not sure if a will or trust construct is right for your situation? Still have questions that we didn’t touch on here? Don’t let it keep you up at night. Let us help you get some peace of mind. If you live in Denton County, we’d love to offer you a free initial consultation. Just call us at 972.591.0099 or fill out the form on this page and we can get something set up.
Probate & Estate Litigation
The Denton Probate Attorneys at the Chenault Law Firm are proud to represent beneficiaries, trustees, executors, and administrators in Denton County and North Texas in all aspects of probate & estate disputes and litigation. This includes administration disputes, fiduciary disputes, and settlements on overly complex estates or trusts, etc. We are also pleased to represent the interests of beneficiaries of wills, trusts, and estates. Our team has the experience, legal know-how, and focus needed to help navigate you through any trust or probate dispute.
Do you live in the greater Denton area? Are you dissatisfied with the administration of a loved one’s estate after their death? There are laws in Texas that govern who a deceased’s estate goes to in the event there is no will or the will is unclear. Call us at 972.591.0099 or fill out the form below for a free initial consultation that obligates you in no way.
Our experienced team of Estate Litigation and Denton Probate Attorneys have represented clients in all kinds of litigation cases. No matter how exhausting, complex, or sensitive your case, we can help.
Allegations of misconduct by executors, administrators & trustees
One thing that Executors, Administrators and Trustees of wills, estates, and trusts have in common is they serve as a fiduciary for the beneficiaries of their respective assets. A fiduciary is someone who has control over the property or assets of another.
Sometimes those in such position come under suspicion of misconduct. If you live and work in Denton County or the surrounding North Texas area and are serving as an executor, administrator or trustee accused of misconduct, Chenault Law Firm is here to help. Alternatively, if you are a beneficiary seeking compensation for the damages of alleged misconduct, we can represent your interests in any and all negotiations and proceedings needed for resolution, whether that means mediation, litigation, or even construction of the will or trust.
When it comes to disputes of misconduct, Texas law is quite clear, calling for loyalty, good faith, and accountability. This quite literally means a fiduciary such as a trustee or executor is legally compelled by Texas law to act in the best interest of the beneficiaries above and before their own.
There are a variety of remedies including actual damages, denial of compensation, attorney’s fees, exemplary or punitive damages, disgorgement of fees, and even removal that can result if there is actual misconduct on the part of the fiduciary.
If you live in the greater Denton, Texas area and would like to discuss the specifics of your situation with one of our attorneys, just fill out the form on this page or call us at 972.591.0099 to schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation with Chenault Law of Denton.
Defense of Will
There are a number of grounds upon which the Chenault Law Firm can contest the validity of a loved one’s will in Texas. Alternatively, if someone else is contesting a will you wish to preserve, we can also work defense of the will. Many people hope to contest or defend the validity of a will for a number of reasons. Some of the more common reasons for a will to be challenged are:
- The will was never signed or wasn’t signed in accordance with applicable Texas state laws. The laws that govern the signing of wills are specific and vary from state to state.
- The loved one who left the will, or Testator, lacked the “testamentary capacity” to understand the will and its contents when they signed it.
- There was some sort of undue influence upon the Testator that influenced their signing of the will. A third party might have pressured the testator to leave their estate to someone while not providing for others.
- The will in question was procured by means of fraud. If you think your loved one was tricked into signing the will, for example, they were led to believe they were signing something else like a deed, then we may be able to help you contest the will.
If you still have questions or want to know more about defending or contesting the will of one of your loved ones, it is in your best interest to act quickly. For those in North Texas and the greater Denton Area, the Chenault Law Firm would be glad to answer any questions you have about a will contest. Please fill out the form on this page or call us at 972.591.0099 for a free consultation today.
“Allegations Of A “Common-Law Marriage”
Texas is one of the few states in the union that recognizes “common-law” or “informal” marriage. This has significance for probate law, particularly ones involving interstate probate where the Decedent passes away without a will. In Texas, the requirements for a relationship to be considered common law are very specific.
A relationship must meet the criteria of common law marriage or the alleged spouse will not be considered a legal heir of the Decedent. Generally speaking, To be considered married under common law in Texas:
- The couple must live together as a husband and wife.
- The couple had both agreed to become married.
- The couple represented to others and “held themselves out” as married.
Still have questions? Want to discuss your case with an experienced probate attorney? If you live in Denton County or anywhere else in the surrounding North Texas area, fill out the form below or call us at 972.591.0099 to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation.