Attorneys

Heather R. Bell

Managing Member

Heather’s practice focuses on probate, guardianship, and trust litigation, as well as estate planning. Her goal is to provide a light for family members during highly emotional family disputes. Heather’s litigation experience has simultaneously equipped her to craft custom-tailored, comprehensive, and holistic estate plans to protect her client’s assets and prevent contentious disputes. She is detail-oriented, empathetic and a fiercely loyal advocate who has a unique ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

The matters we deal with produce strenuous emotions. During her time at conventionally structured law firms, Heather saw that clients were treated as billable hours rather than people seeking guidance to resolve an unfamiliar and often overwhelming situation. Realizing many conventional firms continue clinging to outdated practices and refuse to evolve, Heather started Bell Probate Law to provide a new experience for her clients that focuses on people, not profit. She understands that clients do not just come to her for legal advice—they count on her to provide peace of mind, emotional support, and reassurance.

Heather graduated magna cum laude in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a minor in Music from the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her Juris Doctorate from the Baylor University School of Law in 2016 with a Concentration in Estate Planning.

Highly active in the legal community, Heather serves on the Council of the Dallas Bar Association’s (DBA) Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, and also serves as a Co-Chair of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyer’s (DAYL) Elder Law Committee. Additionally, as the Program Chair, she spearheaded the first and second annual North Texas Probate Bench Bar, and also assisted the Hon. Ingrid Warren in facilitating the first DBA Probate Summer School series. She completed the 2017 DAYL Leadership Class and is currently participating in the 2020-2021 Texas State Bar’s Real Estate, Probate, & Trust Law Leadership Academy.

 

Education

  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Dallas

Admissions and Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section, Member
    • Litigation Section, Member
  • Certified Guardianship Ad Litem Attorney, State Bar of Texas

 

Honors and Recognition

  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2021)

 

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, Council Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section 2020-2021 Leadership Academy
  • Dallas Bar Association, North Texas Probate Bench Bar Committee, Chair
  • Probate Summer School Committee, Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Elder Law Committee, Co-Chair
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2017 Leadership Class
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow
  • Dallas Association of Women Lawyers, Member

Presentations and Publications

  • Guardianships for Incapacitated Persons with Part-Time Jobs, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, Dallas, Texas, December 2020.
  • Choosing the Proper Estate Plan, NBI Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas, August 2019.
  • To Transfer and Record Gun Ownership and Use, NBI Seminar, Fort Worth, Texas, August 2019.
  • Transfers of Firearms: Key Rules and Tools, NBI Seminar, Dallas, Texas, August 2018.

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Bell Probate Law
12720 Hillcrest Road
Suite 1045
Dallas, TX 75230

Email: heather@dfwprobatelaw.com

Phone: (972) 366-5512

 

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