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T. Aaron Dobbs - Shareholder

T. Aaron Dobbs leads the firm’s estate planning, probate and trust administration practice. He is board certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Aaron routinely advises clients on the development of estate plans to achieve their post-mortem objectives and to mitigate income and transfer taxes. Aaron also assists beneficiaries, fiduciaries, creditors, and nonprofit organizations in all aspects of estate and trust administration, probate, will contests, trust and fiduciary litigation, creditor claims, and guardianship disputes before trial and appellate courts across the state of Texas, and he is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas.

A seventh generation Texan, Aaron previously worked as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas and as a Legislative Counsel for the Texas Legislative Council. During his tenure with the Texas Legislature, Aaron was a member of the team of lawyers responsible for drafting the first installment of the new Estates Code, which replaced the Texas Probate Code on January 1, 2014.

  • Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate, Alternatives to Probate, and Heirship Determinations
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Fiduciary Risk Management and Fiduciary Litigation
  • Will Contests, Probate Litigation and Trust Litigation
  • Litigation involving Nontestamentary Transfers
  • Uncontested and Contested Guardianships
  • Litigation involving Matters Ancillary to Probate and Guardianship Proceedings
  • Education
  • South Texas College of Law – Houston, TX
    • Juris Doctorate, Estate Planning and Probate emphasis, 2005
    • Associate Editor, Corporate Counsel Review
  • Texas A&M University – College Station, TX
    • Bachelor of Science, Journalism and Political Science, 2001
    • Recipient, Buck Weirus Spirit Award
  • Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Honors and Awards
  • Listed, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" for Estate & Trust Litigation (2014, 2015)
  • Listed, H Texas Magazine “Top Lawyer” for Wills, Trusts & Estates (2014, 2015)
  • Affilliations
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
    State Bar of Texas, Legislative and Campaign Law Section
    Member
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  • Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estates Section
    Council Member (2016 – present)
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  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estates Section
    Founding Co-Chair (2016 – present)
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  • Texas Bar Foundation
    Fellow (2014 – present)
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  • Attorneys in Tax and Probate
    Secretary (2014 – 2015)
    Vice President of Membership (2015 – 2016)
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  • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association
    Board member (2014 – 2016)
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  • Planned Giving Council of Houston
    Member
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  • Fred and Mabel R. Parks Youth Ranch
    Advisory Council
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  • Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
    Leadership Forum, Class of 2017
  • Recent Publications and Presentations
  • “Basics of Suing and Defending Fiduciaries” author and presenter, Houston Bar Association (2017)
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  • “How to Avoid Accidentally Practicing Law in Gift Planning” and “Making Charitable Bequests Stick” author, Planned Giving Council of Houston (2017)
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  • “Estate Planning in the Age of Litigation” presenter, RIA TRUST EDUCATION PROGRAM, BOKF, NA (2017)
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  • “The Ins and Outs of Drafting Accountings for Trusts, Estates and Guardianships” author, Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, Texas Bar Association (2016)
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  • “The Case of the Missing Trust Agreement: What To Do When A Written Trust Agreement Is Lost Or Cannot Be Located”co-author, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Reporter (Vol. 54, No. 3)
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  • "How to Get Away with Breaching Your Fiduciary Duties (satire)" author and presenter, Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association (2014)
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  • "It’s Going to Be OK: Transition to the New Estates Code" author and presenter, 28th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, South Texas College of Law (2013)
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  • "Powers of Attorney: Licenses to Steal" author and presenter, 27th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, South Texas College of Law (2012)