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Elizabeth Fagin Zaby, a graduate of SMU Dedman School of Law and the owner of the firm, has been in practice for over 30 years. She holds the distinction of being an AV-Preeminent rated attorney as determined by Martindale Hubbell. Since 1981, she has routinely handled premarital and postmarital agreements, complex wills and trusts, special needs trusts, probate matters involving significant property assets, estates holding family owned businesses, and litigation involving removal of executors and trustees. Ms. Zaby also represents clients in family law matters, including divorces, paternity actions, and suits affecting the parent-child relationship.


 


Consulting with clients interested in forming a new business, Ms. Zaby helps her clients evaluate the type of business entity to be selected, drafts the pertinent documents, and follows up with all business needs of the client such as drafting contracts and reviewing leases. Her litigation practice emphasizes the use of mediation and alternate dispute resolution methods which are designed for the amicable resolution of contested cases without the need for litigation or unwanted publicity; however, she is a zealous advocate for her clients whether in a negotiation context or in court. She is also a frequent speaker on topics such as planned giving, philanthropy, starting a new business, and estate planning for individuals and for business continuation.


 


Areas of Practice: Estate Planning/Wills, Probate Administration and Fiduciary Litigation, Family Law, General Civil Litigation, Business Law, and Appellate Law.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Business: 20%
  2. Family: 20%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Probate: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%

Payment

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Stephen P. Karns

    I fully endorse Elizabeth Zaby as a highly skilled, tremendously experienced attorney. She is completely dedicated to her Clients’ interests, taking the time to listen and counsel them regarding every nuance of their case. At the same time, she is a bulldog in the courtroom, fighting to get the results which her Clients desire. Although I have known Ms. Zaby for over ten years, I do not give my endorsement lightly.

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Contact info

6116 North Central Expressway
Suite 450
Dallas, TX, 75206-5162

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198107/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1993
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1992
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1991
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1990
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1989
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1988
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1987
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1986
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1985
Education AwardGreater East Dallas Chamber of CommerceN/A
Sessions AwardGreater East Dallas Chamber of CommerceN/A
PTA Lifetime Membership AwardStonewall Jackson ElementaryN/A
PTA Lifetime Membership AwardWoodrow Wilson High SchoolN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyZaby & Associates1990 - Present
PartnerSparling, Zadina, Baker & Zaby, Attorneys at Law (Formerly Baker & Zaby)1983 - 1989
AssociateWoodburn, Sullivan & Ave, Attorneys at Law1981 - 1983
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Doctors Hospital (Tenet System)Board of Directors2010 - Present
American Cancer Society Nationwide Gift Planning CouncilBoard of Directors2009 - Present
DOT for the terminally illLegal Counsel/Member2007 - Present
Dallas Women's FoundationBoard of Directors (1995-1999)/Member1995 - Present
Dallas Estate Planning CouncilMember1989 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Greater East Dallas Chamber of CommerceBoard Member1983 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Family Law and Probate, Trusts & Estate SectionsMember1981 - Present
State Bar of Texas AssociationMember1981 - Present
Texas Family Law FoundationMemberN/A
CC Young Memorial HomeBoard of Directors2006 - 2009
Senior Citizen's of Dallas Companion ProgramAdvisory Council1998 - 2000
Dallas Independent School DistrictFacilities Task Force1990 - 1991
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Southern Methodist UniversityN/AMA - Masters1975
University of HoustonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1972
Woodrow Wilson High SchoolN/AN/A1968