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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 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:!online-store/chnc/!online-store/chnc

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 2014-2015 section meetings is a follows:

Section News:

Section Meeting Dates,
Time and Location

Speaker and Topic
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Daivd M. Pyke
The Paperless Office is a Reality
MCLE 1.00, Ethics 0.50
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Hon. Brenda Hull Thompson, Gregory Sampson, Michael Cohen, Sara Rotenberry
Representation of Potentially Incapacitated Clients: The Lawyer's Role and Ethical Duties
MCLE 1.00, Ethics 0.25

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Howard L. Gilberg
Environmental Liabilities in the Context of Estate Planning and Administration
MCLE 1.00, Ethics 0.25

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Duncan E. Osborne
Ethical Issues in Asset Protection Planning
Ethics 1.00

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Chris Klemme and David Reber
Drafting Issues That Come Back to Haunt
MCLE 1.00

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Judicial Panel-Neighboring Counties
Hon. Brenda Hull Thompson, Hon. Weldon Copeland, Hon. Bonnie Robison, Hon. Lin Morrisett
MCLE 1.00

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Prof. Gerry Beyer
Morals from the Courthouse: A Study of Recent Cases Impacting the Wills, Probate, and Trust Practice
MCLE 1.00, Ethics 0.25
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Prof. Stanley Johanson
Tax Law Update
MCLE 1.00



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 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!

Section Officers:

Name: Jack Wilburn
Officer Position: 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

Name: Scott D. Weber
Officer Position: Vice Chair
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

Name: Lora G. Davis
Officer Position: Secretary/Treasurer
Firm: Davis Stephenson, PLLC
Firm Address: 100 Crescent Court, Suite 440

Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: 214-396-8801

Name: Michael Duran
Officer Position: Program Chair
Firm: The Duran Firm, PLLC
Firm Address: 9400 North Central Expwy, Suite 1630
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75231
Business Phone: 214-227-6400

Name: Dani D. Smith
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Lan Smith Sosolik, PLLC
Firm Address: 12221 Merit Drive, Suite 825
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75251
Business Phone: 469-375-4537

Name: Rob Crain

Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Crain Lewis, LLP
Firm Address: 3400 Carlisle, Ste. 300
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75204
Business Phone: 214-522-6066

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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.


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