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Brandy Baxter-Thompson

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Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Dallas, TX

Lan Smith Sosolik Baxter-Thompson & Johnston PLLC
12221 Merit Drive, Suite 825
Dallas, TX 75251
Phone: 214-217-2427
Fax: 972-701-0307
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015
Licensed in Texas Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, Estate Planning & Probate
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Attorney Profile

Brandy Baxter-Thompson, a partner at Lan Smith Sosolik Baxter-Thompson & Johnston PLLC, provides experienced legal representation to the throughout Texas focusing in the North Texas counties of Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Ellis, and Johnson. Ms. Baxter-Thompson’s practice is dedicated to estate and trust litigation, including will contests and breaches, fiduciary litigation, and matters of contested guardianship and accountings.

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in International Relations from Austin College, Sherman, Texas in 1999, Ms. Baxter-Thompson entered Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, which is now known as Texas A & M University School of Law. During her law school tenure, she was accepted to the law review based on her high grades and was elected to serve as an editor. Ms. Baxter-Thompson earned her J.D. degree, graduating in the top 15% of her class, in 2005 and has been admitted to the Texas State Bar since.

Ms. Baxter-Thompson is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of estate planning and probate.  She is also a certified guardian ad litem in guardianship proceedings. She is passionately dedicated to serving the needs of her clients, who often have no one else to represent their interests in court.

Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, Ms. Baxter-Thompson has been awarded the Honorable Nikki DeShazo Pro Bono Award and the Kenneth Fuller Outstanding Mentor Award for her dedicated service to the legal interests of those with limited means in low-income communities in and around the Dallas area. Additionally, she is the author or co-author of multiple articles and presentations of legal education programs for the estate and probate law community.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Will Contests, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015

About Brandy Baxter-Thompson

First Admitted: 2005, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.lss.legal/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, DBA Probate Section Council
  • Member, State Bar of Texas (Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section)
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL)
  • United States District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association (Probate, Trusts & Estates Section)
  • State Bar of Texas, November 2005
  • Co-chair, DAYL Aid to the Homeless Committee, 2006 - 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas, Probate Code Section 646 to serve as an Ad Litem in Guardianship Proceedings
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012

Educational Background

  • B.A., Austin College, Sherman, TX, 1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presented estate administration basics to the Texas Trust School attendees., Speaker, Estate Administration, Texas Bankers Association, Texas Trust School, 2018
  • This article provides the practioner with a toolkit of choices to protect the rights of the surviving spouse.  The article includes numerous forms and guidance. , author / presenter, Protecting the Rights of Surviving Spouses: A Handbook, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Drafting Course, 2020
  • The article contains two Handbooks: Handbook for Independent Executors and Handbook for Trustees. These Handbooks are designed for lawyers to use as a guide in advising their clients as to their fiduciary duties when serving in these capacities. They do not cover every possible issue that can arise; that would take volumes and render any “handbook” unwieldy. Rather, these Handbooks are designed to cover the most common duties, responsibilities, and powers of an Independent Executor during the course of the administration of a solvent estate and of a Trustee during the administration of a trust., Author and Presenter, Handbook for the Fiduciary, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Seminar, State Bar of Texas, 2019
  • Presented the topic of Fiduciary Compensation to colleagues attending the Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Seminar., Speaker, Fiduciary Compensation, Texas Bar Association, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate, 2018
  • Co-Author, Entitled “Preservation of Error in Offering and Excluding Evidence,” 2006, Co-Author, Preservation of Error in Offering and Excluding Evidence, 2006
  • Author, To Probate or Not to Probate - Presented at Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Seminar in Houston, Texas
  • Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning and Probate Seminar at Tarrant County Probate Bar Association in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Considerations When Choosing a Power of Attorney or Guardianship, Dallas Bar Association, Headnotes, April 2013
  • Speaker, The Interaction of Powers of Attorney in Guardianships, State Bar Of Texas, 2017
  • Speaker, Fiduciary Compensation, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Seminar, State Bar Of Texas, 2018

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Wills Clinic for Indigent Elderly, Chair, 2018
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL), Co-chair of the DAYL Aid to the Homeless Committee from 2006-2010

Honors/Awards

  • The Honorable Nikki DeShazo Pro Bono Award recognizes an attorney who has enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering qualified pro bono legal services to those around Dallas County. Some of the services that qualify include wills, trusts, estate planning, guardianships, elder law, probate matters, probate court dispute resolution and other legal services generally provided by members of the Dallas Bar Association’s Probate, Trusts and Estates Section. Generally the services are targeted towards persons of limited means, low income communities, disabled individuals, first responders, military personnel and other similar public servants., Nikki DeShazo Pro Bono Award, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section of the Dallas Bar Association, 2019
  • Ken Fuller Outstanding Mentor Attorney Award, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), 2018
  • This award recognizes an individual that has dedicated significant time and energy to assisting low-income applicants at a particular clinic through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program operated by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas., Outstanding Clinic Attorney Volunteer for East Dallas Clinic, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP), 2007

Comments

  • “Brandy is an excellent young lawyer who knows how to get results.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Brandy Baxter-Thompson

12221 Merit Drive
Suite 825
Dallas, TX 75251

Phone: 214-217-2427

Fax: 972-701-0307

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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