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Ft Worth Trusts Wills And EstatesDavid Toups focuses his practice in probate, trust, guardianship, and business litigation with an emphasis on breach of trust or fiduciary litigation. He also advises and counsels individuals, financial service firms, and financial service professionals regarding financial planning and litigation matters. David’s experience spans over 25 years in the financial services industry. 

David holds the professional designations of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); Certified Financial Planner (CFP); and Certified Trust & Financial Advisor (CTFA). He is also an honor graduate of Cannon Financial Institute’s Trust School. 

David established his own law firm over eight years ago and has practiced complex commercial, estate, trust, probate, and guardianship litigation throughout the state of Texas for over 11 years. He has previously worked for a prominent national law firm, a distinguished boutique probate firm in Houston, and been of counsel to a well-respected business law firm in Dallas. Before becoming an attorney, David consulted on and managed estate, trust, and retirement portfolios for a state and two national bank trust divisions.  While serving in this capacity, he chaired the review committee charged with evaluating and approving marketable security holdings for the national bank’s Texas discretionary accounts.  During his career, David has been a registered investment advisor, a registered representative for two national brokerage firms, and served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

David received his undergraduate degree in business from Texas A&M University.  He received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Sam Houston State University, where he was inducted as a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. 

Ft Worth AARP Lawyers Who Draw Up WillsDavid graduated with honors (cum laude) from South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he represented South Texas as a varsity trial advocate, was a member of Phi Delta Phi, and received the Order of the Lytae.  While at South Texas, he interned for both the Court of Appeals for the First Supreme Judicial District of Texas and the First Statutory Probate Court of Harris County. 

David is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Eastern Districts of Texas; the Supreme Court of Texas, and all lower courts of Texas.  David is a member of the Real Property, Trust & Probate and Litigation Practice Sections of the Texas Bar Association; and the Association for Investment Management & Research.  David is also certified to act as attorney ad litem in Texas guardianships. 

David has been married over 22 years and is the father of a 21 year-old son and 17 year-old daughter. 

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Areas of Practice

  • Probate Litigation
  • Will Contests
  • Contested Estate Matters
  • Defending Executors, Administrators, Guardians, Trustees
  • Estate and Trust Issues
  • Common Law Spouse claims
  • Disputed Heirship
  • Community Property Issues
  • Trust Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Probate Wills
  • Trust Administration Assistance
  • Guardianships
  • Planning for Minors & Possible Incapacity
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Contract Litigation
  • Business Disputes
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Collection Matters
  • Enforcement of Judgments
  • Tort Litigation
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Survivorship Litigation
  • Business & Financial Negotiations
  • Designation of Guardians
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Directives of Physicians
  • Probate, Trust, Financial Planning,
    & Fiduciary Cases

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  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Certified Trust and Financial Advisor (CTFA)

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Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2011
  • Texas, 2002

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  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. Cum Laude
    • Honors: Order of the Lytae
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
    • Honors: Highest Grade Award - Texas Trial & Appellate Procedure
    • Honors: Highest Grade Award - Texas Consumer Bankruptcy & Debt Collection
    • Honors: South Texas Varsity Mock Trial Advocate
  • Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas
    • M.B.A.
    • Honors: Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honor Society
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1989
    • B.B.A.
    • Honors: Distinguished Naval Graduate
    • Honors: U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship
    • Major: Marketing

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Honors and Awards

  • America's Premier Lawyers on Forbes Radio- Featured Guest
  • Honor Graduate--Cannon Trust School, Cannon Financial Institute
  • Navy Achievement Medal--U.S. Marine Corps
  • Honor Graduate--United States Army Field Artillery Officer Basic Course

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Past Employment Positions & Affiliations

  • Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., Dallas, Texas, Of Counsel to the Firm, 2011-2013
  • Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, Houston, Texas, Litigation Associate, 2003 - 2005
  • Horrigan & Goehrs, L.L.P., Houston, Texas, Litigation Associate, 2001 - 2003
  • Harris County Probate Court One, Houston, Texas, Judicial Externship, 2001
  • Texas Court of Appeals, First Supreme Judicial District, Houston, Texas, Judicial Externship, 2001
  • Wells Fargo Private Client Services, Bryan, Texas, Vice President and Regional Institutional Portfolio Manager for South Central Texas, 1995 - 1999
  • Edward D. Jones & Company, Houston, Texas, Investment Representative,
    1994 - 1995
  • U. S. Marine Corps; Kaneohe, Hawaii & Okinawa, Japan, Platoon Commander,
    1989 - 1994

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  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Beta Gamma Sigma

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Contact the Toups Law Firm today toll-free at 800-780-6830, from wherever you are in Texas. Call today to schedule your initial consultation with lawyer David R. Toups.