I am a litigation attorney
I aggressively represent my clients. I strive to obtain the absolute best results possible for them. I limit my practice to litigation involving inheritance disputes. I handle cases in estate and trust disputes including will contests, mental competency issues, undue influence, breach of fiduciary duty and related claims, and accountings.
I am the primary author of the Inheritance Laws blog, which reports on legal cases and issues impacting inheritance disputes in Texas.
Although I am based in Tyler (Smith County, Texas), I have a state-wide practice.
I have over 35 years of trial experience.
Contesting a Will can be complicated but we can guide you through the process
- We’ll talk through your options with you
- We’ll check the size and scope of the estate
- We’ll listen, and we’ll work with you to help you get what you’re entitled to
- We’ll keep you regularly updated all the way along and ensure that your claim is managed as efficiently as possible
Contingency fees in certain cases
If your part of the estate, should you win, is more than $300,000, we may be able to offer you our No Win - No Fee arraingement.
I am board certified. While it’s a common belief outside the legal profession that most or even all attorneys are board certified, that’s not the case.
The State Bar of Texas, Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys in various areas of law. Out of 70,000 lawyers in Texas, only 10% are Board Certified.
What I Do:
- Trials involving inheritance disputes
- Trials of Property disputes related to inheritance
- Will contests
- Associated torts
What we do
She was an elderly woman living in an assisted living facility. She moved there years earlier when her husband died. She never had children. Her closest relatives lived out of town. They contacted our office after she passed away. At the funeral, they found out for the first time that she had recently executed a new will. The new will gave most of her property to a woman they barely knew. We immediately started investigating the case. We quickly filed a will contest, aggressively gathered the facts and shepherded the case through to a jury verdict in favor of our clients. Today, thanks to the quick action of our clients, the attempt to take advantage of this lady has been rejected by the jury and the property remains within the family, just as the woman had always planned. That's what inheritance law means to us. Cases like this one are our bread and butter.
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Robert Ray is a litigation attorney who has more than 35 years of trial experience. A lawyer who knows about litigation involving inheritance disputes.
"My practice is limited to trials involving inheritance disputes including will contest, related property disputes and associated torts. We don't prepare wills. We don't file wills for probate or distribute estates except when we are contesting a will or protecting a will from a contest. We handle a select few cases on contingency."
"I enjoy the challenge of taking on difficult inheritance disputes and helping clients win. At the outset of every litigation matter, I work closely with each client. This work is fundamental to developing an effective litigation strategy.
I review the record of each of my cases. Some lawyers rely heavily on other colleagues and paralegals. Not me. I study each case in depth. I read every piece of paper in the case file. Thoughtful strategy. Mastery of the facts and law. These are the elements that distinguish my work."
Robert Ray is Board Certified. The State Bar of Texas, Board of Legal Specialization recognizes attorneys in various areas of law, who because of experience, training and knowledge are awarded certificates of special competence. There are over 70,000 lawyers in Texas but only 10% are Board Certified.
There is no certification in litigation of contested probate matters. There is one certification in the non-litigation practice of Estate Planning and Probate and two in litigation areas: Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law. This office handles litigation involving contested probate matters and their associated torts. We do not handle the creation of wills and trust that an estate planning attorney would normally handle nor do we handle probate administration not involving contested litigation. Attorney Robert Ray is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice is limited to litigation involving inheritance disputes, related property disputes and associated torts.