Probate, Trusts & Estates


Section Focus

A man stands at a podium and addresses a crowdThe purpose of the Probate, Trusts & Estates Section is to promote the objectives and standards of professionalism of the Houston Bar Association within the field of probate, trusts & estates.

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Pictured: Jeffrey Watters presenting "Handling Common Law Marriage Claims in Estates" at the February 25, 20120 meeting.

Bill Pargaman, a past chair of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, has prepared a preliminary guide to alternative methods of execution of estate planning documents under existing law, which our members may find helpful. The guide is posted under "COVID-19 Resources" on this page.


The Probate, Trusts & Estates Section meets virtually on the last Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.

  • March 30: Robert Luther – "Trouble with Casual Use of Email and Communications"
  • April 27: Harris County Probate Judges’ Panel
  • May 25: Professor Gerry W. Beyer – "Case Law Update"



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2020-21 Section Officers

Paul Strug, Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.
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Immediate Past Chair
Molly Dear Abshire, Wright Abshire, Attorneys, PC

Chair Elect
Leslie Kiefer Amann, Sentinel Trust Company

Vice Chair
Gus Tamborello, Gus G. Tamborello, P.C.

Brian Cororve, Gray Reed

Mary Mason, Gray Reed

Section Council Members

Kelly Bentley
The Bentley Law Firm

Wes Bowers
Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins

Keri D. Brown
Baker Botts L.L.P.

Aaron Dobbs
Gray Reed

Tama Klosek
Klosek & Associates

Arielle Prangner
Davis & Willms, PLLC



Member Details

Section Members: 586
Section Dues: $30


Law Student Policies

$1000 to one student from each local law school. Offered in the Spring semester. Each school selects a winning student based upon enrollment in classes related to probate, trusts and estate, exemplary success in a related subject area, and plans to work in a related field. Contact Tama Klosek (Klosek and Associates) at (713) 255-0495.

No charge for students.