TYLA Officers


Rebekah Steely Brooker, President


Dustin M. Howell, Chair


Sam Houston, Vice President


Baili B. Rhodes, Secretary


John W. Shaw, Treasurer


C. Barrett Thomas, President-elect


Priscilla D. Camacho, Chair-elect


Kristy Blanchard, Immediate Past President

TYLA Directors


Amanda A. Abraham, District 1


Sharesa Y. Alexander, Minority At-Large Director


Raymond J. Baeza, District 14

    Aaron J. Burke, District 5, Place 1

Aaron T. Capps, District 5, Place 2


D. Lance Currie, District 5, Place 3


Laura W. Docker, District 10, Place 1

    Andrew Dornburg, District 21
    John W. Ellis, District 8, Place 2
    Zeke Fortenberry, District 4

Bill Gardner, District 5, Place 4


Morgan L. Gaskin, District 6, Place 5

    Nick Guinn, District 18, Place 1

Adam C. Harden, District 6, Place 6


Amber L. James, District 17


Curtis W. Lucas, District 9

    Rudolph K. Metayer, District 8, Palce 1

Laura Pratt, District 3

    Sally Pretorius, District 8, Place 2

Baili B. Rhodes, District 2


Alex B. Roberts, District 6, Place 3

    Eduardo Romero, District 19
    Michelle P. Scheffler, District 6, Place 2

John W. Shaw, District 10, Place 2

    Nicole Soussan, District 6, Place 4
    L. Brook Stuntebeck, District 11

C. Barrett Thomas, District 15

    Judge Amanda N. Torres, Minority At-Large Director

Shannon Steel White, District 12

    Brandy Wingate Voss, District 13
    Veronica S. Wolfe, District 18, Place 2

Baylor Wortham, District 7

    Alex Yarbrough, District 16


Justice Paul W. Green, Supreme Court Liaison


Jenny Smith, Access To Justice Liaison


Brandon Crisp, ABA YLD District 25 Representative


Travis Patterson, ABA/YLD District 26 Representative


Assistant Dean Jill Nikirk, Law School Liaison


Belashia Wallace, Law Student Liaison


TYLA Office

Tracy Brown, Director of Administration
Bree Trevino, Project Coordinator

Michelle Palacios, Office Manager
General Questions: tyla@texasbar.com

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 12487, Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711-2487
(800) 204-2222 ext. 1529
FAX: (512) 427-4117

Street Address

1414 Colorado, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 427-1529


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Feature TYLA Project

Feature TYLA Project

TYLA’s Probate Passport
By:  Rebekah Steely Brooker, Attorney, Passman & Jones, A Professional Corporation

I had only been licensed for a year and a half, when I received “the call”. The person on the other end of the phone was my grandmother, and she had several questions about probate. She really needed to probate my grandfather’s estate, and since I was now an attorney, she thought I could help her.

At that point in my career, my days were busy working on business litigation cases, and my exposure to probate was some distant memory from my bar exam preparation. But, who can say “no” to their grandmother? I hesitantly agreed to help.

I immediately called a partner at my firm who practiced in the estate planning/probate section and begged for some assistance. He fortunately agreed to walk me through the process (thanks again, Greg Sampson!). After talking to my grandmother, and seeing the estate planning documents that my grandfather had prepared, I realized that a traditional probate was not necessary, and that my grandfather’s estate could be probated as Muniment of Title. Okay, honestly, had it not been for my law partner’s guidance, I would not have known that a Muniment of Title was the way to proceed. Truthfully, I had completely forgotten how a Muniment of Title operated. Long story short, I was able to successfully assist my grandmother with my grandfather’s estate. She still thanks me by making my favorite oatmeal cookies every time I go back home to Huntsville, Texas.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to walk down the hall and ask a law partner for assistance when they receive “the call”, and not all Texans know who to contact with probate questions. Never fear, TYLA has made it a priority to guide practitioners through the probate process, and provide basic estate planning information by creating the Probate Passport: A Guide to Probate & Estate Planning in Texas. The Probate Passport not only walks you through what steps are needed when someone passes away, but also discusses probate alternatives. The guide is a fantastic reference for attorneys and the general public, and will be available for distribution in October of this year.

If you would like to request or download a copy of TYLA’s Probate Passport once published, please visit the TYLA website.