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Michael R. Tibbets

Michael R. Tibbets

Houston, Texas


Estate Planning; Probate of Wills; Administration of Estates; Drafting Wills; Drafting Trusts; Administration of Trusts; Elder Law; Asset Protection Planning; Business Succession Planning; Probate and Trust Related Litigation

Michael R. Tibbets joined the firm in 1975. He has been Board Certified in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1981. He has assisted hundreds of our clients with their estate planning. His practice covers the traditional areas of drafting wills and trusts as well as more advanced estate planning through techniques such as irrevocable life insurance trusts and family limited partnerships. His practice frequently encompasses the related areas of asset protection, elder law issues and family business succession planning. He has helped the personal representatives of more than 500 estates with probating their loved one's will and administering and distributing the estate.

Mr. Tibbets is a past Chairperson of the Houston Bar Association Probate Section and is a Past President of the Houston Estate and Financial Forum.

He received his B.A. cum laude from Rice University in 1970 and his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975. While in law school he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He spent two years as a Second and First Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1970 to 1972.

Areas of Practice

  • 30% Estate Planning, Business Succession Planning
  • 30% Administration of Estates and Trusts
  • 15% Asset Protection
  • 5% Elder Law
  • 20% Litigation (Mostly Related to Estates and Trusts)

Litigation Percentage

  • 20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1981

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1975


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1975
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas
    • B.A. cum laude - 1970

Honors and Awards

  • Houston Bar Foundation-Best Legal Article in the Houston Lawyer (Hon. Mention), 1983 - 1984

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association, Probate Section, Chairperson, 1987 - 1988
  • Houston Estate & Financial Forum, Chairperson Elect (2002), 1996 - 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Grievance Committee, 1993 - 1999
  • State Bar of Texas, Chairman, Grievance Committee, 1995 - 1999

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Navy, Second and First Lieutenant, 1970 - 1972

Ancillary Businesses

  • Investigator-Texas Sup. Ct. Unauth. Prac. of Law Committee 2000 - 2004
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1177 West Loop South
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Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713.871.2000
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