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.

Pictured: Jeffrey Watters presenting "Handling Common Law Marriage Claims in Estates" at the February 25, 2020 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 on the last Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.


Watch the April 27, 2021 Judges' Panel



View and download section meeting materials


2021-22 Section Officers

Leslie Kiefer Amann, Sentinel Trust Company
(713) 412-5748 | Send Email

Immediate Past Chair
Paul Strug, Weycer Kaplan Pulaski & Zuber, P.C.

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

Vice Chair
Brian Cororve, Gray Reed & McGraw

Mary Mason, Gray Reed & McGraw

Aaron Dobbs, Gray Reed & McGraw

Section Council Members

Kelly Bentley
The Bentley Law Firm

Wes Bowers
Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins

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

Richard Kahle
Newman Law Firm

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.