Probate Litigator for
Large Estates in South Texas

Put my experience on your side.

Texas is my home, and I’ve made it my mission to help its residents overcome the probate disputes that arise between them. Sometimes that means mediating a simple will contest. Sometimes it means litigating to resolve a financial elder abuse situation. And sometimes it means filing an appeal after a long and difficult case. Whatever the probate matter may be, I’m up for the challenge so long as it helps my client.

My Three-part mission:
  1. Educate my clients
  2. protect their rights
  3. salvage family ties whenever possible

First things first — determining whether I'm the right attorney for you.

An attorney's experience and legal ability are important, but it is essential to feel that your attorney understands and cares about you.  It’s extremely important to have a good relationship and honest communication with your legal representative.  This is because you’re going to be working together for a while, and you have a right to feel 100% confident that your attorney is always on your side. Probate litigation can be a lengthy and difficult process, so you absolutely must trust your gut when choosing your attorney.

I encourage you to call my office with questions about your situation. I’m always happy to answer questions and offer my professional opinion because I believe solutions begin with understanding. Only you can decide whether I’m the right person to work on your case.  For my part, I promise to spend enough time with you during our first meeting for you to know if I am a good fit for you.

Russell Manning

Attorney at Law

Many clients facing a legal dispute are looking to find an aggressive, no-nonsense attorney. Others want someone who simply knows their stuff and will offer them support and wise guidance in trying times. Fortunately for my clients, my style of representation isn’t limited to one end of this spectrum. I am a compassionate and understanding person by nature, but I will not allow anyone to bully my clients, and I will take aggressive legal action when needed.


The initial consultation sets the pace for the attorney-client relationship. In my practice, this means an honest, transparent conversation about what to expect from your case.

Our first meeting is an informal, straightforward conversation. During this conversation, you’ll tell me about your situation. In turn, I’ll tell you whether I believe you have a strong case and, frankly, whether I think you have a good chance of winning.

From there, I’ll outline what I believe to be your best options and explain the pros and cons of each one.

As I’m guiding you through your choices, I’ll very clearly explain your rights, as well as what you can expect in terms of budget, time, and emotional difficulty.

Since every situation is different, I can’t prepare you for every bump in the road. However, I’ve been litigating contested probate law matters for over 30 years now. As you weigh your options, know that my evaluation and advice are well-founded on experience and provided with your best interests in mind.

Legal disputes are hard on the people involved.

let me be your advocate and sounding board.

Your fight is my fight.

You're ready to get this over with, and I understand. Trust me to fight for your cause in the right way — by building a sound legal strategy, then putting it into action.

Your legal concern is going to be a roller coaster of emotions — there’s just no way around that. Legal issues are stressful enough in and of themselves. Add financial strain and family tension to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for emotionally charged decision-making.

For instance, many people come to me when they find themselves in a legal battle with their siblings or step-parents. They’re infuriated at their loved ones’ behavior, they’re tired of fighting, and they’re looking to get even. I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I completely understand this position and all the emotions that come with it. That’s why I will listen to your story, and I will encourage you to express what you need to express. Ultimately, though, my goal is to keep things moving forward so that you can reach a positive resolution.

One of the greatest benefits of working with an experienced probate litigator is having an outside perspective to help you sift through the injustices that stand before you — to help you understand what has legal, not just emotional, significance. In other words, I can show you which pieces of the puzzle will make the biggest difference in the outcome of your case.

Together, we will examine your situation in its entirety and build a smart plan of action. Depending on the direction your case takes, this may involve mediation, litigation, or even filing an appeal down the road. Fortunately, I offer each of these services to my clients. It’s all part of my mission to help them get closure at both the legal and personal levels.