Probate: 469.708.6050

Wills & Guardianship: 214.227.6400

9400 N. Central Expy., Ste. 1308

Dallas, Texas 75231

Welcome to the Duran Firm

Uncontested Probate | Contested Probate | Estate Planning | Guardianship

Fixed-Fee Probate — Great Rates! A Dallas probate attorney with extensive experience and reasonable, fixed fees, Michael A. Duran has helped over 1600 clients with their uncontested probate and guardianship matters. We believe that our rates are fair, particularly when you consider that Michael is a former probate court clerk and is regularly appointed by all three Dallas County Probate Courts to administer probate and guardianship estates when there is no family member that is qualified to do so.

There are many different ways to probate a decedent's estate. You can read about them under the services tab. You can also let our Probate Navigator suggest a probate that is right for you.


Of course, you can also call us at 469.708.6050 and we will walk you through the different types of probate. Most times we can also give you a quote on what you can expect to pay, subject to receiving the original will (if there is one) and a completed Client Information Worksheet.

Finally, you can also read about all of the different ways to probate an estate by clicking on the links below.

Learn about the different types: Probate with a Will
Get started: Worksheet for Probate of a Will
Fees: Collin County | Dallas County | Denton County | Tarrant County

Learn about the different types: Probate without a Will
Get started: Worksheet for Probate without a Will
Fees: Collin County | Dallas County | Denton County | Tarrant County

Contested Probate. Many times, sharing an inheritance can be just as bitter as a divorce. The decedent may not have left a will designating an executor to administer the estate. Even worse, the person designated to serve as the executor may be an extremely poor choice for such an important job. Perhaps the alleged will is a fake or was fraudulently obtained at a time when the testator was mentally compromised. In these situations, you need a Dallas probate attorney that can assist you in contesting the appointment of an unqualified person to serve as the executor of the estate. The Duran Firm can also assists you in holding a previously appointed executor to his or her fiduciary duties, and if necessary, can assist in having the executor removed by the Court.

Estate Planning. If you look at our website, you will see that the process for probating an estate without a will is more complicated and expensive then probating an estate with a will. Furthermore, our experience indicates that disputes are less likely to break out when there is a will as opposed to when there is not. We all know we should have an estate plan in place to deal with our medical needs and our estates in the event of death or incapacity. Yet, we put it off.

The Duran Firm can also assist you with the preparation of your Last Will and Testament as well as any ancillary estate planning documents such as a power of attorney or living will. We make the process easy. Simply complete the Quick Start PDF Worksheet below for Estate Planning and send it to us. We will call you to discuss your plan, send you a contract, and once payment is made, drafts of your documents to you for review. Once you are satisfied with your plan, we will invite you in for a formal will execution ceremony to ensure that your estate plan is executed in accordance with the requirements of the law. So with one visit, you can have an attorney-prepared estate plan for a reasonable fee.Let us help you make a plan that both preserves your estate for the people you care about while minimizing the burden on your family.

Guardianship. Guardianship is the process where a court determines that a person is unable to make his or her own personal and financial decisions and appoints a guardian to make those decisions. Guardianship is often sought for seniors that are afflicted with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or some other affliction which compromises the senior's ability to make responsible decisions. Guardianship is also sought for persons with special needs that have reached the age of 18 years. If you have a loved one that you think needs a guardian, please call our office to schedule a consultation.

Guardianships for Seniors | Guardianships for Special Needs

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Michael A. Duran, Attorney

Lesly Rodriguez, Guardianship Paralegal

Jacqueline Gutierrez, Probate Paralegal

Coverage Area

Though Michael Duran is a Dallas probate attorney, we actually practice probate in the following counties in the Dallas / Fort Worth / North Texas area:

Duran Firm coverage area for Dallas probate cases