Joe Marrs represents clients at trial and arbitration of fiduciary, trust, and will contests, as well as other complex disputes in the courts.
Mr. Marrs is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He is a member of the Probate Section of the Houston Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He served on the board of directors for the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Austin Bar Association from 2011-2012.
From 2016 to the present, Mr. Marrs has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” in Texas Monthly magazine in the area of trust and estate litigation. From 2019 to the present he has been included in The Best Lawyers In America by BL Rankings. Mr. Marrs was rated “AV-Preeminent” in 2012 by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer-review system.
Mr. Marrs graduated with high honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Latin. He returned to the University of Texas for law school, where he served as a member of the Texas Law Review’s editorial board. After earning his J.D., Mr. Marrs served as law clerk to the Honorable Guy Herman in the Travis County Probate Court Number One.
- B.A., Plan II and Latin, with high honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1998.
- J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2002.
Representative Matters & Publications and Presentations
- “Busting a Trust,” Best Lawyers Business Edition, Summer 2021
- “What the New ‘Fiduciary Rule’ Means for Trustees and Investment Advisors,” Fiduciary Litigation, Texas Bar CLE, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, San Antonio Texas
- “Remedies for Mismanagement of Trust Assets,” 9th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, Feb. 16-17, 2017, Houston, Texas
- “How Not to Invest in a Trust: Pitfalls for Trustees and Brokers,” Bank of Texas and BOK, lunch series for CFP credit, Financial, Jan. 28, 2016
- “Avoiding Liability for Investing Trust Accounts: Trustees, FINRA, and Broker Liability,” Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Sept. 1, 2015
- “Playing the Probate Card: A Plaintiff’s Guide to Transfer to Statutory Probate Court,” 36 St. Mary’s L.J. 99 (2004)
- “Wills: What Will You Do?,” Austin Chronicle, Apr. 7, 2004
- “Intestacy: No Will, Several Ways,” Austin Chronicle, May 30, 2004
- “Temporary Guardianships: When Are They Appropriate?” (coauthor), Guardianship Course 2003, Mar. 13, 2003, Dallas, Texas
In Re Estate of J.B. Wells, Jr., County Court of Gonzales, Texas
A non-profit client’s claim to a charitable gift in 1961 will was upheld. The client seeks to vindicate the testator’s intent to preserve the historic Santa Anna Mound area in Gonzales, Texas as a park.
13-18-00161-CV Court of Appeals Thirteenth District of Texas In Re Estate of JB Wells Jr., Deceased