Virtual Wills and Probate

July 30, 2020

Virtual Event

Registration for the event is now closed. Please contact Allyssa Lee or Adrienne Bethke at (800) 456-5974 with any questions.

For more information contact Adrienne Bethke at (800) 456-5974.

Sponsored By

The Texas Judicial Academy is a partnership between the Texas Association of Counties and the Texas Tech University School of Law.


The presentation session will cover the elements of a valid will and review the impact of change and events that may have occurred between will execution and death, as well as enforcement issues which may be presented. We will also review recent appellate cases and explain why probate judges may have been upheld or overturned. This webinar will provide 3 hours of continuing education. Professor Gerry W. Beyer will be covering:

  • Texas Wills Law (Parts 1 & 2) – 1.5 hr
  • Appellate Case Law Update – 1 hr
  • Moderated Discussion (breakout Judges and Clerks) – 0.5 hr


There will be no reimbursement for this program.

Who Should Attend

The content of this program is directed to constitutional county judges, elected clerks and court personnel.


There is no cost to attend this virtual meeting.

Meeting Links

We will share the private links to join the meetings with registered attendees one week prior to the event.

County Judges Education Advisory Committee

Hon. Becky Wilbanks, Chair, Cass County Judge
Hon. Mark Allen, Jasper County Judge
Hon. Don Allred, Oldham County Judge
Hon. Brett Bray, Blanco County Judge
Hon. Ronnie J. Gordon, Hartley County Judge
Hon. Woodrow “Woody” Gossom, Jr., Wichita County Judge
Hon. Justin Lewis, Hill County Judge
Hon. Francisco Ponce, Dimmit County Judge
Hon. Byron Ryder, Leon County Judge
Hon. Jimmy Sylvia, Chambers County Judge
Ms. Jamie Baker, Associate Dean and Director of the Law Library, Texas Tech University School of Law Library (ex-officio)

County Clerks Education Advisory Committee for Probate Academy

Hon. Heidi Easley, Victoria County Clerk
Hon. Janette Green, Palo Pinto County Clerk
Hon. Donece Gregory, Tyler County Clerk
Hon. Bena E. Hester, Briscoe County District/County Clerk
Hon. Beth A. Rothermel, Washington County Clerk
Hon. Julie Smith, Potter County Clerk
Hon. Mark Staples, Anderson County Clerk

Thursday, July 30
1-2:30 p.m. Texas Wills Law (Parts 1 & 2)
2:30-3:30 p.m. Appellate Case Law Update
3:30-4 p.m. Moderated Discussion

*Agenda is subject to change

Continuing Education Type Hours
Judges 3
Clerks 3
Attorneys 3

All cancellation requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable).

Please email Adrienne Bethke at or send fax to (512) 477-1324 to cancel your registration.

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