Dallas Bar Association

Probate, Trusts & Estates Section

Concentrates activities in three areas: 1) providing continuing legal education for members; 2) promoting good working relationships among the probate bar and three Dallas County statutory probate courts; and 3) serving the needs of the public in the area of wills, guardianships, probate matters, and probate court dispute resolution on a pro bono basis.

New 2013 Probate Practice Manual:

The Section has prepared an updated Probate Practice Manual to include the new Estates Code.  The manual is available as a digital download ($75.00), on CD ($85.00), and in hard copy ($105.00).  Prices are slightly higher for non-section members.  However, free manuals are available to any attorney who agrees to accept a Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) case.  The Section donates $25 from each manual to DVAP. Click on the following link to order your new manual today:  http://www.isolutionslit.com/#!online-store/chnc/!online-store/chnc


Meeting Schedule:

This Section meets at noon on the 4th Tuesday of every month. No meeting is scheduled in December.

The program schedule for our 2014-2015 section meetings is a follows:





September 23, 2014

12:00 Noon- Belo

David M. Pyke

The Paperless Office is a Reality


October 28, 2014

12:00 Noon- Belo

The Honorable Brenda Hull Thompson

Capacity Issues


November 25, 2014

12:00 Noon- Belo

Howard L. Gilberg

Environmental Liabilities in the Context of Estate Planning and Administration


January 27, 2015

12:00 Noon- Belo

Duncan E. Osborne

Ethical Issues in Asset Protection Planning


February 24, 2015

12:00 Noon- Belo

Chris Klemme and David Reber

Drafting Issues that Come Back to Haunt


March 24, 2015

12:00 Noon- Belo

Neighboring County Judges (TBD)

Judicial Panel - Neighboring Counties


April 28, 2015

12:00 Noon- Belo

Prof. Gerry Beyer

Case Law Update


May 26, 2015

12:00 Noon- Belo

Prof. Stanley Johanson

Tax Law Update

Section News:


DBA Members receive 28% off the regular $275 rate for an annual subscription to Trusts & Estates Magazine. Subscribe for just $199 by using this link Subscription includes hard copies of the monthly periodical, two annual supplements of the Texas Year in Review and Charitable Giving , a yearly Wealth Management Resource Guide, at least three e-newsletters, unlimited access to the website’s premium content, Wealth Watch (posted bimonthly) and Technology Review (posted monthly). To find out more, click here.


Please see the Probate Section downloads for two new items from the Probate Courts. The first contains new fees and copy procedures. The second contains information concerning required changes to muniment of title pleadings.



The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) is requesting DBA Probate, Trust & Estate Section members to volunteer to conduct intake interviews once a month at a Wills Intake Clinic site operated by DVAP and the Dallas Area Agency on Aging. Clinics are usually scheduled the second Wednesday of the month (10 a.m. to 12 noon.). Other Wills Intake Clinics with other groups and organizations are also scheduled throughout the year.***By emailing Jigna Vyas Gosal at gosalj@lanwt.org with your Name, Address, and Telephone Number, you will be notified by DVAP each time a Wills Intake Clinic is scheduled. Please note that we handle only intake applications at the Wills Intake Clinics; we do not draft the Wills. Your commitment of 1-2 hours sharing your skills and expertise in probate law, or serving as an intake clinic lawyer in general will be greatly appreciated and remembered. Please sign up to help!


The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) is requesting experienced mentors in Probate, Trusts, & Estate Planning matters to participate in the staffing of probate cases. Every other Monday afternoon usually at around 1:30 p.m., DVAP reviews several probate cases for referral to and placement with a pro bono lawyer. Probate Mentors will hear only probate law cases during the staffing, and may be asked to read a Will or other relevant documents. You will be contacted regarding a date based on the information you provide. ***Please email Miriam Caporal at caporalm@lanwt.org with your Name, Telephone Number, and available Mondays (no holidays) by indicating the Month and Day. Your commitment of 1-2 hours sharing your expertise in probate law will be greatly appreciated and remembered. Please sign up to help!

Section Officers:

Name: Dani D. Smith
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: Law Office of Dani Smith
Firm Address: 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 825
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75251
Business Phone: 469-375-4537
Email:  dani@danismithlaw.com

Name: Jack Wilburn
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: David Jackson Wilburn II
Firm Address: 2340 E. Trinity Mills Road, Ste. 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Carrollton, TX 75006
Business Phone: 972-478-4375
Email:  jack@jackwilburn.com

Name: Scott D. Weber
Officer Position: Secretary/Treasurer
Firm: Calloway, Norris, Burdette & Weber, PLLC
Firm Address: 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 400
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75219
Business Phone: 214-521-1520
Email:  sdweber@cnbwlaw.com

Name: Lora G. Davis
Officer Position: Program Chair
Firm: The Blum Firm
Firm Address: 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1350
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-751-2130
Email:  Ldavis@theblumfirm.com

Name: Larry A. Flournoy, Jr.
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Jordan, Houser & Flournoy, LLP
Firm Address: 10000 N. Central Expressway, Suite 800
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-369-0361
Email:  lflournoy@jhflegal.com

Name: Jerry Alexander
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Passman & Jones, P.C.
Firm Address: 1201 Elm Street, Ste. 2500
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75270
Business Phone: 214-748-7349
Email: alexanderj@passmanjones.com

Resource Links



Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, please send a letter of request and a $25.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.

Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage


Section Downloads:

E-file Case Initation Cheat Guide-Fees.pdf223.8 KB
Recent Developments in Estate Planning, by Stanley Johanson May 27, 2014.pdf286.19 KB
Morals from the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trust Practice. By Gerry Beyer April 22, 2014.165.51 KB
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form.12.37 KB
Choosing a Business Entity in Today's Business World. By David Dunning March 25, 2014.96.53 KB
Updated Texfile FAQs 2.28.2014241.71 KB
E-Filing Frequently Asked Quesitons 11.12.201343.04 KB
Asset Protection Planning -- Getting Ready for Marriage in Texas. Presented by Professor Thomas Featherston February 25, 2014.163.12 KB
To Apply for Guardianship or Not: Where is the Edge? Presented by Lisa Jamieson January 28, 2014.157.89 KB
Selected Issues Involving Art and Collectibles by Norm Lofgren, et al November 26, 2013.3.01 MB
Arbitration in the Trust and Estates Practice by Bill Whitehill and Keith Novick October 22, 2013.15.81 MB
Bill Pargaman's 2013 Texas Estate and Trust Legislative Update.1.46 MB
Bylaws.pdf4.18 MB
Dallas County Probate Courts NEW Fees and Copy Procedures.pdf205.45 KB
Dallas County Probate Courts NEW Muniment of Title Provisions.pdf96.07 KB
doctor-physicians_certificate_of_medical_examination.pdf250.64 KB
civil_case_information_sheet.pdf98.69 KB
probate_bonding_companys.pdf29.54 KB
04222013_guidelines_for_court_approval_of_attorney_fee_applications.pdf430.37 KB
attorney_fee_affidavit.pdf10.82 KB
GuardianShip.pdf808.08 KB
ashby-who_are_your_people_descent_and_distribution2.pdf246.87 KB
wolfish_descendants-speech.pdf39.01 KB
professor_johanson-recent_developments_affecting_estate_planning.pdf176.85 KB
keith_staubus-will_contests.pdf3.09 MB
debbie_cox-what_it_means_to_be_a_fiduciary.pdf173.87 KB
james_h._wallenstein-disciplinary_rules.pdf281.16 KB
docs-264757-v1-dallas_bar_association_probate_trusts_and_estate_section.doc272 KB
to_probate_or_not_to_probate___mineral_interests_in_estate_planning__probate.pdf1.64 MB
top_ten_mistakes_of_estate_planners.doc70 KB
2012-01-04_dallas_bar_article_january_24_2012_00313276.pdf907.3 KB
sp-3923501-v1-akers___transfer_planning_in_2012_and_beyond.pdf565.21 KB
Professor Stanley Johanson: Recent Developments in Estate Planning251.5 KB
sp-4028442-v1-professor_beyer___texas_case_law_update.pdf84.72 KB
ad_litem_order_to_pay_from_registry.doc30.5 KB
dallas_county_probate_records_power_point_09252012.pdf2.18 MB
probate_courts_dms-memo.pdf186.1 KB
requests_of_attorneys_for_paper_on_demand.doc25.5 KB
creating_attacking_and_defending_pre-marital_and_post-marital_agreements_11272012.docx_.pdf397.85 KB
guidelines_for_court_approval_of_attorney_fee_petitions_9252012.pdf477.7 KB
administrative_orders.pdf1.24 MB
intergenerational_conflicts_of_interest_with_rule_attached.pdf4.03 MB
dallas_county_real_property_records_access.pdf152.23 KB
nkg_speech_20130221094034.pdf1.19 MB
phil_lindquist_2013_tax_law_update.pdf405.12 KB
uncontested_trust_modifications.pdf295.87 KB
supporting_attorney_fee_affidavit.pdf7.3 KB
dallas_2013_case_update_--_beyer.pdf84.3 KB
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