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Three weeks into my career as an attorney, my first probate client walked into my office wanting to probate the Will of her deceased friend. When I looked at the Will, I immediately knew that we were going to have problems, and in fact, the probate of that Estate was the longest-lasting probate case of my career.


F+B kicked off 2018 by welcoming attorney Matt Baughman as a Senior Associate to the Firm.  Mr. Baughman is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate, and he has been selected to lead the firm’s Estate Planning and Administration Section as the Section Head.  The Estate Planning and Administration Section of the firm handles the drafting of all of the estate planning documents for the firm’s clients as well as all of the uncontested probate, guardianship, and trust administration work in cases where no litigation is involved.

On November 30, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the case of Coyle v.

Ford + Bergner LLP recently won a significant victory for a large client in a small town in East Texas.

In January and February 2016, F+B attorney Thomas Horton won back to back trial victories in two different cases that had the same issue.

F+B’s client was opposed to having a guardianship for her son. As a result of F+B’s aggressive, knowledgeable representation, our client received a spectacular result because the case was cut very short, and she achieved the complete result that she sought.

F+B Senior Associate T. Aaron Dobbs has become board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

Mr. T. Aaron Dobbs with Ford + Bergner LLP has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation . Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Dobbs's contributions to the legal profession.

It is often said that financial powers of attorney can be useful and inexpensive tools by which third parties are allowed to carry on the financial affairs of incapacitated persons.  While the prior statement is true, powers of attorney also grant broad and sweeping powers that can be misused.

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F+B has closed out the month of September with a spectacular string of litigation successes for its clients. The following successes were achieved with the combined talents of all of the lawyers at the firm broken into teams handling litigation in several counties across Texas.  Below is a sample of these victories:

F+B Managing Partner Don D. Ford III appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission.

F+B Managing Partner Don D. Ford III spoke at South Texas College of Law's 29th Annual Real Estate Law Conference June 6, 2014.

Ford + Bergner's Houston Office is Moving Effective April 1, 2014

F+B Senior Associate T. Aaron Dobbs was named a Rising Star in Estate & Trust Litigation by Texas Monthly Magazine.

In 2013 alone, F+B has worked on large litigation matters in Midland, Austin, Denton, McKinney, Beaumont, Dallas, Houston, Hempstead, Angleton, Hearne, and Fairfield.

Ford + Bergner LLP Managing Partner Don D. Ford III Asked to Serve on Supreme Court Task Force

Ford + Bergner LLP is Proud to Announce the Addition of Two New Associates, Thomas A. Horton and Jacob R. Franklin.

The Texas Probate Code will be replaced in 2014 with the Estates Code - a newer model that promises to be more accessible, more understandable, and more usable. While the Estates Code is one of the biggest things to happen in Texas probate law in over a half century, here are a few tips to help your transition to the new Code.

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Financial powers of attorney can be useful and inexpensive tools by which third parties are allowed to carry on the financial affairs of incapacitated persons.  However, powers of attorney also grant broad and sweeping powers that can be misused.  Accordingly, this paper broadly examines practical problems in the use of powers of attorney (or, in other words, why powers of attorney amount to licenses to steal).


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Start planning now to protect the assets that you've spent long years earning
By Jackie Ingles

"Anyone with substantial assets in a small business should consider making gifts of their interest in the business during their lifetime to their children . . . If done correctly, the business owner can remove these assets from his estate while still maintaining control over the company until the point at which he is ready to relinquish control to his children." -Don D. Ford III


Christopher B. Heald and Don D. Ford III have just delivered a hard fought win for and important client. Read more about it here.

Don D. Ford III continues to be relied upon as a legal expert. He was recently asked to testify to the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee

Attorneys representing clients in the context of trust administrations must navigate an incredible minefield of ethical issues. Attorneys in this arena can represent the trustee or can represent the beneficiary of the trust. Likewise, the attorney may be called on to serve as the trustee himself.

The legal experts at Ford+Bergner deliver another small town win. Read more about it here.

On September 1, 2011, the branding that Ford+Bergner has used since its start in 1999 was updated and changed. Come check out our new look

Don Ford has recently received a nomination to become a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation

In January 2011, F+B was pleased to welcome T. Aaron Dobbs back to the firm.  Read more about his accomplishments and achievements here

F+B has recently won a hard fought legal battle. Read more about it here

F+B Partner Don D. Ford III has achieved the distinction of becoming Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate. Read more about it here

Let the highly respected and recognized experts at Ford+Bergner help you fight your legal battle. Contact us today to get started

Ford+Bergner delivers another win. Put our legal team on your side. Find out today what we can do for you!

Ford+Bergner is pleased to announce that Thomas Horton has joined the firm as a Law Clerk

F+B partner Don Ford was quoted in an article entitled 'Billionaire’s Heirs First to Win 2010 Estate Tax Jackpot,' which appeared on The Trust Advisor blog

The Ford+Bergner blog has been recognized as a valuable source of legal information. Let the knowledgeable attorneys at Ford+Bergner help you

What Every Litigator Should Know Before Accepting a Guardianship Litigation Engagement,' written by Ford+Bergner LLP partner Don Ford

Ford+Bergner LLP has recently launched the firm's Appellate Practice with a decisive win before the Tyler Court of Appeals in a case that was hotly contested

F+B partner Don Ford was interviewed as part of an investigative report series being run by Fox News 4 in Dallas

In a decision issued on April 20, 2007, in the case Holmes v. Kent & Kent, the Texas Supreme Court addressed an important issue related to the effect of divorce on beneficiary designations signed pre-divorce on Texas Teacher Retirement System accounts. In the decision, the Court let stand a beneficiary designation of a former spouse after the divorce.

Celebrating 10 years of providing expert legal council in the areas of trust, probate and guardianship. Let us put our experience to work for you

Ford+Bergner Attorney Brian Thomas recently won a decisive victory in a contested probate case in Dallas County

F+B partner Don Ford is a contributing author to a recently published book entitled Your Complete Guide to Leaving an Inheritance for your Children and Others k

F+B is proud to announce the recent launch of its new website. The new site has an updated look and feel that more accurately represents our law firm

F+B Attorney Brian Thomas has recently received appointment from the president of the Dallas Bar Association to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Managing Partner Don D. Ford III continues to be a leader in the legal community. Find out more about his recent accomplishments

Don D. Ford, Managing Partner of F+B, has recently announced his candidacy for election to the prestigious Board of Directors of the Houston Bar Association

Ford+Bergner recognized in Forbes magazine. May 1st 2007

Don Ford continues to be a leader in the legal field. Read more about his recent inclusion in a list of who's who of emerging leaders in America

Ford+Bergner LLP Announces Move to New Offices in Houston. The office change will be effective approximately February, 1st 2007

Among the new developments and significant changes produced by the 79th Texas Legislature is the creation of the new Guardianship Certification Board. The Board is created pursuant to Senate Bill 6 of the 2005 Session, and its purpose is to establish a certification process for individuals, other than volunteers, who serve as private professional guardians or provide guardianship services to a ward of a guardianship program.

Attorney J. Brian Thomas Joints Ford+Bergner LLP. Mr. Thomas will be working in the areas of estate planning, probate and guardianship

Don D. Ford III is one of 11 appointees to the newly established Texas Guardianship Certification Board

Question: Is it true that the state gets everything if I die without a Will?

Concerned clients routinely ask this question expressing their concern in keeping the State from taking their hard-earned estate upon their deaths. Fortunately, the State does not take the property of someone dying without a Will. Instead, Texas law dictates how the assets of someone dying without a Will are divided upon their death.

Ford+Bergner opens new office in Dallas. Let your new local legal experts help you in you with all your Probate and Guardianship needs.

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