Practice Areas

We provide a full-service estate planning, probate, guardianship and litigation practice, which includes advice and representation in the related areas of:

Our estate planning atttorneys are devoted to helping you save estate taxes, gift taxes, generation-skipping taxes, protecting your assets, and provide for your loved ones. Our experienced estate planning attorneys will use every legal tool available to provide you with a complete, flexible, and thorough estate planning solution.

Whether someone dies with or without leaving a Will, our probate and estate administration services will give you the guidance you need to steer your loved one's estate through probate with minimal taxes, court costs and expense.

We represent businesses in the probate process by securing payment of outstanding debts from the estates of people who die before satisfying outstanding financial obligations. Estate Claims by Businesses provide the mechanism by which a business can seek to have its debt satisfied out of the Decedent's estate. Businesses who can properly establish their claims receive priority in being paid prior to any distributions to the decedent's family. On the other hand, businesses that are not properly represented in making their claims may face losing any potential for recovery of the debt owed by the Decedent.

Our guardianship attorneys are dedicated to helping families take care of incapacitated or incompetent relatives. Through this practice, we assist adult children seeking to establish guardianships for aging parents who are no longer medically able to make important decisions about healthcare and finances. Likewise, we assist in the creation of guardianships for minors in circumstances when the minor has inherited property or has lost a parent. With proper planning, advice, and guidance, we can help protect those who are unable to protect themselves.

Our guardianship litigation attorneys address the unfortunate situation when a conflict arises over the creation of a guardianship. The person for whom the guardianship is being sought may choose to contest the necessity for the guardianship, or various members of that person's family may disagree over who is the best suited to serve as the guardian. Our guardianship litigation attorneys have been appointed by various probate courts to represent the interests of the person for whom a guardianship is being sought. Likewise, we have represented numerous clients in disputes over determining the person best suited to serve as the guardian.

We also provide a full range of probate and estate litigation representation. Effective representation in disputes involving the validity of a will, the legality of terms in a will, or the appropriate division of assets requires an experienced probate litigation attorney. Likewise, many complexities may exist when someone dies without leaving a Will or when someone in a "blended family" dies. Our lawyers regularly represent clients in probate and estate litigation.

If you have questions about how we can assist you with a probate or estate matter in Texas, contact us anytime.

Our Houston office conveniently serves our clients in Harris, Montgomery, and Fort Bend counties, while our Dallas office serves clients in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties.

Ford+Bergner LLP

  • 700 Louisiana Street
  • 48th Floor
  • Houston, TX 77002
  • T: 713.260.3926
  • F: 713.260.3903
  • 901 Main St.
  • 33rd Floor
  • Dallas, TX 75202
  • T: 214.389.0887
  • F: 214.389.0888

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Latest News

F+B Sends Opposing Counsel Running in Contested Guardianship

— 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.

Ford + Bergner Attorney Thomas Horton Wins 2 Trials

— 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 Wins Will Contest in Small East Texas Town

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

 

By Don Ford