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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.


Probate Practice Manual:

The 2015 legislative session brought substantial changes to the Texas Estates Code, particularly in the area of guardianship.  The Probate, Trusts & Estates Section is currently incorporating those changes into the Dallas County Probate Practice Manual.  The Section will send out an email when the updated manual is ready for purchase.


Meeting Schedule:

This Section meets at noon on the 4th Tuesday of every month. No meetings are scheduled in June, July, August, or December.

The program schedule for our 2015-2016 section meetings is a follows:

Section Meeting Dates,
Time and Location

Speaker and Topic
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Michelle Mobley
How Not to Fund Testamentary Trusts
MCLE 1.00
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Jeff Wolff
Administering Estates With  a Surviving Spouse and Multiple Creditors
MCLE 1.00

No Meeting

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Lora Davis
MCLE 1.00
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Dallas County Probate Judges' Panel
Practices and Procedures in Dallas County Probate Courts
MCLE 1.00
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Mark Caldwell
Senior Care Issues in Guardianships
MCLE 1.00
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Prof. Gerry W. Beyer
2015-2016 Case Law Update
MCLE 1.00
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Prof. Stanley Johanson
Tax Law Update
MCLE 1.00


Section Support of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program


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 DVAP 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 DVAP 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!


Discount for Section Members - Trust & Estates Magazine

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.


Section Officers

Jack Wilburn, Chair
David Jackson Wilburn II
2340 E. Trinity Mills Road, Ste. 300
Carrollton, TX 75006

Scott D. Weber, Vice Chair
Calloway, Norris, Burdette & Weber, PLLC
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 400
Dallas, TX 75219

Lora G. Davis, Secretary/Treasurer
Davis Stephenson, PLLC
100 Crescent Court, Suite 440

Dallas, TX 75201

Michael Duran, Program Chair
The Duran Firm, PLLC
9400 North Central Expwy, Suite 1630
Dallas, TX 75231

Dani D. Smith, Immediate Past Chair
Lan Smith Sosolik, PLLC
12221 Merit Drive, Suite 825
Dallas, TX 75251

Rob Crain, DBA Board Advisor
Crain Lewis, LLP
3400 Carlisle, Ste. 300
Dallas, TX 75204


Resource Links

Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas

Texas Bar CLE

Professor Beyer Texas Estates Code with 2015 Revisions


Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, please click here to join online or send a letter of request and the $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 DBA membership department.

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