In November of 2010, after fourteen years of practice as a probate lawyer in Harris County, Christine Butts was elected to serve as the judge of Probate Court 4. Probate judges in Harris County preside over probate, guardianship, and civil mental health cases. In the past five years, Harris County Probate Court 4 has undergone the following enhancements designed to expand its service to the public:
The Guardianship Handbook was created and published. It is now given to every person appointed as a guardian. It is also available in Spanish.
The court offers a free Continuing Legal Education program every quarter
Attorneys may now obtain docket settings online
Helpful Guidelines designed to assist attorneys seeking help with less common probate procedures were published to the court’s website and are offered in the offices of the court free of charge. The changes set out above enable guardians to to more effectively help families care for their loved ones and enable attorneys to more efficiently serve families in crisis. In addition, Christine Butts appreciates the
Christine Butts was raised in Houston and graduated from Westfield High School. While in high school, she worked with her father, a probate lawyer, in his small law firm. Christine Butts went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor of business administration degree. Soon after college, she married Donald Butts and studied law at the University of Houston. After graduating from law school, she joined her father’s law practice. Serving clients in a private practice enabled her to learn a great deal about probate, guardianship, and mental health matters. More importantly, private practice has given her a balanced perspective and view into how the loss or incapacity of a loved one impacts families.