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Barcelo, III v. Elliott
Citation:923 S.W.2d 575 (Tex. 1995)
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A woman named Frances Barcelo obtained the services of the defendant attorney to assist her with estate planning. The defendant drafted a will and trust agreement for her. After two of her children contested the validity of the trust, a probate court, for reasons not disclosed, declared the trust to be invalid and unenforceable. Therefore, the plaintiffs, the intended beneficiaries under the trust, agreed to settle for what they contend was a substantially smaller share of the estate than what they would have received pursuant to a valid trust.
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