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 has incorporated those changes into the Dallas County Probate Practice Manual. To purchase the 2015 Probate Practice Manual (publication date April 2016), click here.
This Section meets at NOON at the Belo Mansion on the 4th Tuesday of every month. No meetings are scheduled in June, July, August, or December.
The program schedule for our 2016-2017 section meetings is as follows:
|Section Meeting Dates||Speaker & Topic|
September 27, 2016
Ramsay H. Slugg, U.S. Trust
October 25, 2016
Cathy Winter, Sha Eaves, Ron DaLessio, CourtCall, LLC
November 22, 2016
W. Cameron McCulloch
January 24, 2017
Katherine C. Akinc, Ikard Golden Jones, P.C.
|February 28, 2017||
Haley Greer, J.D., Chief Master Pooled Trust Officer,
|March 28, 2017||
Hon. Judge Weldon S. Copeland, Jr,, Collin County Probate Court
|April 25, 2017||
Professor Gerry W. Beyer, Preston E. Smith Regents Professir of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law
Case Law Update
MCLE - 1.00
|May 23, 2017||
Professor Stanley M. Johanson, James Elkins Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas Law School
Estate and Gift Tax Update
MCLE - 1.00
Section Support of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
WILLS INTAKE CLINIC
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!
PROBATE SECTION MENTORS
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 Probate Section members are eligible to receive a discount of over 60% off a 1-year subscription to Trusts & Estates Magazine's published price of $428. The rate will be $159. The 1-year subscription includes 12 monthly issues; two annual supplements of Tax Year in Review and Charitable Giving, access to all the Trusts & Estates website premium content, Estate Planner weekly e-newsletters, as well as up-to-the-minute news and information, plus daily updates on estate planning. To find out more, click here.
Lora G. Davis, Chair
Davis Stephenson, PLLC
100 Crescent Court, Suite 440
Dallas, TX 75201
Michael Duran, Vice Chair
The Duran Firm, PLLC
9400 North Central Expwy, Suite 1630
Dallas, TX 75231
Jeff Wolff, Secretary/Treasurer
Wolff Law, PLLC
2929 Carlisle Street, Ste. 360
Dallas, TX 75204
Shannon G. Guthrie, Program Chair
8330 Meadow Road, Ste. 216
Dallas, TX 75231
Scott D. Weber, Immediate Past Chair
Calloway, Norris, Burdette & Weber, PLLC
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 400
Dallas, TX 75219
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.
Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster
For questions regarding Section email/roster/webpage, email Jessica Smith or call 214-220-7477.