Martin is “of counsel” to our firm and concentrates his client practice on Wills/Trusts; Probate; Guardianship; and Business Formation/Representation. He works primarily out of the Burleson office, but is available to meet in Fort Worth also. Martin can help you in all aspects of estate planning, ensuring that your desires and wishes are set out clearly and accurately. He can also discuss with clients the possible need for a guardianship of a loved one, family member, or possibly even a friend, exploring available options to avoid a guardianship unless absolutely necessary. Both guardianship and probate matters are often highly emotional experiences for clients, and Martin has an empathetic style of counseling his clients through both areas of the law in a variety of case situations.
Martin has been appointed by courts as a Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney Ad Litem in probate and guardianship matters, and has also been appointed to serve in other fiduciary capacities as Permanent Guardian of the Estate/Person, Temporary Administrator in probate, and Trustee of a Management Trust. This experience has provided him the opportunity to see guardianship and probate from a variety of perspectives, allowing him to advise clients more completely about what to expect in their case.
While serving as a Bankruptcy Trustee in his early years of practice, Martin gained expertise in cases involving financial management, business reorganizations, bankruptcy litigation/management and legal resolution of corporate accounting, financial and real estate issues. That expertise is now used to advise clients about types of business entities in Texas (LLC’s, corporations, and partnerships including limited partnerships), helping to form the appropriate entity based on client needs, and to provide ongoing advice/representation once the entity has been formed.
Martin also maintains a mediation practice. He has mediated cases involving probate disputes, guardianship disputes, business disputes, and family law disputes. He received almost 80 hours of training at Dispute Resolution Services in Fort Worth and later taught other prospective mediators there, earning “Senior Mediator” status with DRS.
Martin graduated from California Western School of Law and practiced in California until moving to Texas in 1993. He maintains his law license in California, choosing to be on inactive status to focus his practice solely in Texas.
Martin has provided Pro Bono legal services with Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans, and served for 7 years on the North Central Texas Regional Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee representing Johnson County. He is active in the community and local bar associations, as well as Bible Study Fellowship.
Areas of Practice
- 50% Estate Planning and Probate
- 25% Guardianship
- 15% Business
- 10% Mediation