Probate, Trust and Guardianship


Probate, trust and guardianship issues can be extremely difficult to handle without the assistance of experienced, compassionate attorneys who know the nuances of the law and understand the complexities involved.

Crain Caton & James actively assists its clients with probate, trust and estate administration and settlement (including preparation and filing of federal and state estate tax), guardianship matters and litigation relating to these areas.

Our lawyers routinely represent executors, administrators and trustees in all aspects of estate and trust administration and settlement including seeking appointment, carrying out his or her duties, preparing death tax returns and matters relating to the settlement of the estate and trust, and also represents beneficiaries relating to their interest in estates and trusts. In addition, our experienced lawyers represent creditors of estates in matters relating to their enforcement of their claims.

In guardianship matters, Crain Caton & James is often engaged to assist in seeking or defending against a guardianship. We routinely represent court-appointed guardians in all aspects of guardianship proceedings including preparing inventories and accountings.

Various members of our team are often appointed by the courts to serve as a temporary guardian, temporary administrator, attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, mediator and in other capacities relating to estates, trusts and guardianships.

Our Houston attorneys have advanced degrees and speak to professional and lay organizations concerning probate, trust and guardianship matters. They are frequently requested to lecture on issues related to probate, trust and guardianship matters at numerous continuing legal education seminars of the State Bar of Texas and other state and local legal organizations.

Darlene Payne Smith is the author of the Probate Claims Section of the Texas Collection Manual.