Darlene Payne Smith

Representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trial and appellate courts in the State of Texas in matters relating to probate, guardianship, and trust administration and litigation including, but not limited to, will contests, will and trust interpretation issues, accounting and administration issues, prosecution and defense of various fiduciary claims, representation of creditors in probate and trust proceedings, representing applicants and contestants in guardianship proceedings, representing personal representatives, trustees, beneficiaries, and guardians in matters relating to the administration of estates, trusts, and guardianships. Mediator and arbiter of probate, trust, guardianship and related matters. Adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law.  Co-Author of the Texas Pattern Jury Charge publication for Probate


  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Probate, Trust and Guardianship


  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Houston, B.S. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude


  • Texas

Contact Darlene Payne Smith

Contact Darlene Payne Smith

Crain, Caton & James, P.C.
Five Houston Center, 17th Floor
1401 McKinney, Suite 1700
Houston, Texas  77010
Phone: 713-752-8640
Fax: 713-658-1921


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Harris County, Texas