Commentary — Talking Texas: The "214" Lawyer

, Texas Lawyer


Art Lambert learned it's not unusual to hear outsider lawyers referred to none too kindly in some locales. A few years ago, he had a series of cases in another large Texas city where the judge referred to one of his motions as coming from "that '214' lawyer."

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    I grew up in Dallas attended the University of Houston for both undergraduate and legal education practiced in Houston for many years and then moved into a small town in the piney woods. I was treated with utmost disrespect when I attempted to probate the will of my late mother by one of Dallas County's Probate Court Judges. In the presence of my father ,the sole devisee of that will I was made to run through the questions of uncontested probate three times before the will was admitted to probate. This was done I believe to tell me that I was not welcome in Dallas and that my father had deprived some Dallas Lawyer of a fee. I did not appreciate being told how incompetent I am in front of the man who paid for my higher education, and until the day comes when my father passes (he is a very competent 92 year old), I will not appear in the courts of Dallas county.

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