Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Dallas, TexasBaxter-Thompson Law
Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation, General Litigation; view more
Licensed in Texas since: 2005
Education: Texas Wesleyan University School of Law
Baxter-Thompson Law500 N. Akard
Dallas, TX 75201
Brandy Baxter-Thompson brings skill, expertise and almost two decades of experience to solving her clients' problems involving fiduciary duties, trustees, executors, including will contests, will and trust interpretation issues, accounting and administration issues, and prosecution and defense of fiduciary claims. Brandy uses creative legal strategies to avoid or minimize protracted litigation when possible and, if not, to focus on success through expertise, preparation, and advocacy. She provides experienced legal representation throughout Texas focusing in the North Texas counties of Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant, Ellis, and Johnson.
Brandy is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of estate planning and probate. Brandy is the author or co-author of multiple articles and presentations of legal education programs for the estate, trust and probate law community. She has given presentations on estate and trust law throughout the State of Texas and most recently in Hawaii at the Hawaii Tax Institute where she spoke on Attacking and Defending Trustees.
• Successfully defeated claim that will was executed without testamentary capacity on summary judgment.
• Successfully defeated claim that will was forged on summary judgment.
• Successfully obtained restraining order and temporary injunction against rogue trustee.
• Obtained favorable verdict in defending claims of impropriety against executor.
• Obtained favorable verdict in challenge to will’s admission to probate after 4 years
• Successfully defeated challenge to client’s appointment as guardian for parent.
• Represents trustees (corporate and individual), executors, and administrators in all phases of trust and estate administration.
• Successfully negotiated successor trustee’s claim against prior trustee without filing suit
• Obtained court approval of accountings in trusts and estates
Practice areasEstate & Trust Litigation, General Litigation
Litigation, Restraining Order, Will Contests
- 80% Estate & Trust Litigation
- 20% General Litigation
First Admitted: 2005, Texas
- 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
- B.A., Austin College, Sherman, TX, 1999
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Represented will proponent in Will Contest where sibling sued contesting a will on the basis that their mother was unduly influenced to write the will and that the will was tampered with or altered. Successfully defeated claims on summary judgment. , 2023
- Represented successor Trustee in recovering misspent funds by prior Trustee - negotiated and resolved case without filing suit savings substantial costs in fees and expenses to the trust. , 2021
- Represented Executor in seeking judicial discharge. Obtained judicial approval of accountings and verdict defeating beneficiary's objections to accountings. , 2020
- Represented adult child seeking guardianship of incapacitated mother. Obtained favorable verdict to defeat sibling's challenge to client's appointment as guardian of the estate and person. , 2015
- United States Eastern District of Texas, Admitted to Practice, 2023
- Dallas Probate American Inn of Court - Master of the Bench
- Program Chair, Dallas Probate American Inn of Court, 2022
- Vice Chair - Probate, Trusts & Estates Section of the Dallas Bar Association, 2022
- Treasurer - Probate, Trusts & Estates Section of the Dallas Bar Association, 2021
- Program Chair - Probate, Trusts & Estates Section of the Dallas Bar Association, 2014
- 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, Admitted to Practice, 2007
- Member, Dallas Bar Association (Probate, Trusts & Estates Section)
- State Bar of Texas, 2005
- Co-chair, DAYL Aid to the Homeless Committee, 2006 - 2010
Office location for Brandy Baxter-Thompson
500 N. Akard
Dallas, TX 75201
- Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023
- Rising Stars: 2014 - 2015
These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.
“Brandy is an excellent young lawyer who knows how to get results.”