Judge, Harris County Probate Court 4
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Published Works and Lectures:
“Tips from Judges to Elder and Guardianship Attorneys—Errors Seen in the Courtroom and Beyond.” Presented at the State Bar of Texas 19th Annual Guardianship Law and Elder Law Course, April 13, 2018, Dallas, Texas.
“When is a Declaratory Judgment Proper?” Presented at the State Bar of Texas 12th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, November 30, 2017, San Antonio, Texas.
“Drafting common and Uncommon Pleadings in Court Supervised Administrations—A View from Both Sides of the Bench.” Presented at the State Bar of Texas 28th Annual Estate Planning and Probate Drafting Course, October 26 & 27, 2017, Houston, Texas.
“The Runaway Ad Litem.” Presented at the State Bar of Texas Advanced Guardianship and Elder Law Course, April 7, 2017, Houston, Texas.
"Attorney and Appointee Fees," Presented to Houston Bar Association's 2012 Wills and Probate Institute, February 17, 2012
"Representing Clients Facing Mental Health Commitment," Presented to the Disability and Elder Law Attorney's Association, October 18, 2012
“Beneficiary Designations: Has Your World Changed in the Past Five Years?” Presented by the 24th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, South Texas College of Law, September 24-25, 2009
“Using Revocable Trusts as Estate Planning Tools,” Sponsored by Lorman Education Services, December 2, 2008
“Use of Living Trusts and Powers of Attorney as Estate Planning Tools,” On file with Riddle, Butts & Akiens, LLP
“Intestacy and Closing the Estate,” Sponsored by National Business Institute, July 17, 2008
Frequent guest on the Christian Home Show on KHCB (http://www.khcb.org/)
“Tax Exempt Organizations in Texas,” Sponsored by Lorman Education Services, February 13, 2007
“The Future of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning,” Presented to the American Women’s Society of CPA’s, February 4, 2006
“Choosing a Business Entity in Texas with an Eye Toward Succession Planning,” Presented to the Attorneys in Tax and Probate, May 4, 2004
“Choice of Business Entity in Texas,” Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, Volume 4, 2004
“Choice of Business Entity in Texas,” Presented at the 2003 Accounting Expo Sponsored by the TSCPA Foundation, April 22, 2003
Active Member of the Junior League of Houston (seamstress for the VIEW)
Assistant Faith Formation Teacher at Christ the Good Shepherd Catholic Church
Seamstress for Champions Figure Skating Club
2012, 2014 MS 150
Married to Donald Butts, II
Mother of four children
Attends Christ the Good Shepherd Church
"There are no secrets to success. It is a result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
"The best index to a person's character is how he treats those who can do him no good, and how he treats those who can't fight back."
Abigail Van Buren