Founding attorney John W. Urquhart represents people in probate, estate planning, wills, estate litigation, guardianship, guardianship litigation, wrongful death, personal injury, terrorism litigation, and general civil litigation. John's combat experience as an infantry Marine provided a powerful foundation to launch a career as a probate lawyer and trial lawyer in our adversarial system of justice.
The Urquhart Law Firm believes in expeditiously and affordably achieving their clients' goals whether its a simple probate, basic will, estate planning, truck accident, or a complex international lawsuit.
Unfortunately, disputes often occur when the time comes to distribute a deceased loved one's estate. Many probate/estate attorneys are not as experienced in litigation and their clients and the estate often pay the price. Proper planning and the right probate lawyer with litigation experience can mitigate risks to the estate's assets and/or resolve disputes as expeditiously as possible if they arise. The Urquhart Law Firm's clients have the extra layer of security, without the extra cost, knowing their lawyers are vigilant in preventing and resolving disputes as expedetiously as possible, should they unfortunately arise.
As an example, a bad heir hired a very large probate firm in Houston, tricked the probate judge, and then stole approximately $140,000 from his late mother's estate leaving his siblings nothing that their late mother wanted them to have. The other heirs then hired The Urquhart Law Firm who obtained a judgment against that bad heir for approximately $533,000.
Founding attorney John W. Urquhart was the last attorney to train under the legendary Richard "Racehorse" Haynes where he learned invaluable pre-trial and trial skills. John then founded The Urquhart Law Firm, which has been a powerful force for individuals to aggressively and affordably enforce their rights, protect estate assets, and fulfill their deceased loved one's last wishes.
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- Q. Is a person liable for anything if they give a known alcoholic a car and they kill someone?
- A: Not necessarily just because the driver is a known alcoholic, but whether the driver is known to the owner of the vehicle as an incompetent or reckless driver and there is a record to prove it. Of course alcohol could play a big part of that, but it's a case by case fact intensive analysis. I would need more facts of course to determine whether I think a judge or jury would find the owner of a vehicle liable in a scenario like this. What you're referring to is called negligent entrustment. Under the doctrine of negligent entrustment, the owner of a vehicle who knowingly allows an unlicensed, incompetent, or reckless driver to operate the vehicle is liable for an injury caused by the driver. The owner is held liable for the owner’s own negligence in entrusting the vehicle rather than for the negligence of the driver. A plaintiff would have to prove to the judge or jury the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence to find the owner liable: (1) entrustment of a vehicle by the owner; (2) to an unlicensed, incompetent, or reckless driver; (3) who the owner knew or should have known to be unlicensed, incompetent, or reckless; (4) who was negligent on the occasion in question; (5) and whose negligence proximately caused the accident. Again, alcohol could play a big part in the driver being known to the owner as an incompetent and/or reckless driver. However, being an alcoholic alone is not sufficient to establish liability. Of course, there are many different fact scenarious that could lead to no liability on the part of owner or liability of other potential defendants. Sometimes a bar can be held liable if certain criteria are established under the Texas Dram Shop Act.
- Q. My mother died leaving money behind can my sister keep that to herself. My mother wanted it split five ways.
- A: It depends on many factors including whether the will is valid, what the will says, whether there were any designated beneficiaries named on an account, etc. It's best to speak with a probate attorney to review the will and gather more information from you.
- Q. All of the heirs to my Father's estate are listed on the Will, but not as an executor, what does this mean?
- A: I'm sorry for your loss. When no executor is named the court may allow an independent administrator. If all the heirs agree, then the Court may appoint one or more of the heirs to be the administrator. The phrase "independent executor" includes an independent administrator. The court may not allow independent administration by agreement if the procedure or the agreed personal representative would not be in the best interest of an incapacitated distributee. If the heirs do not agree on an administrator, the Court is likely to appoint a dependent administrator which is more time consuming and more expensive. Whenever independent administration is created by agreement, service of citation and notice of the application is required on each distributee who does not waive citation or enter an appearance. The definition of distributee and the means of establishing consent are detailed. I hope it all works out.
- Q. My fiancee has been on a probation hold for almost 6 weeks now.how long can hold her without a charge being filled
- A: This is a question from criminal law, not probate. However, no they can't just hold somebody without a hearing after a certain amount of time has lapsed. It's not that simple however. When there is a probation violation, then the defendant can be held until a hearing on the bond but the DA may ask the judge to deny her a bond. If she disputes the test is dirty then her attorney can request a sample and conduct an indpendent analysis. In short, she needs a criminal defense attorney to handle these matters or she will be caught up in the system. She has rights but she needs a criminal defense attorney to start making moves on her behalf. If you need a criminal defense attorney then give me a shout at 713-444-8506.