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Sugar Land, Texas estate & trust law firm

Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law Attorney
The Dean Law Firm, PLLC is an Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Probate boutique located in the heart of Sugar Land, Texas. The firm was founded in July 2007 and is led by Julia Dean, an attorney with over 30 years of experience, previously with the highly respected law firms of Andrew & Kurth and Wright Brown Close LLP.

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Julia Dean

Ms. Dean's professional experience encompasses a broad range of legal matters. Her primary emphases are civil appeals, estate planning and probate. Her estate planning practice involves helping clients orchestrate their estates by drafting a vast array of trusts, wills and powers of attorney. Ms. Dean also provides compassionate legal advice while assisting families through the probate process.

Ms. Dean's legal expertise in civil appeals includes both advising at the trial court level and handling all aspects of the appeal. She has handled appeals dealing with complex insurance matters, business matters, personal injury and family law appeals. She has successfully argued in federal and state courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, on behalf of a major insurance company, corporations, and individuals. She works with trial attorneys and clients to preserve error on the trial court level, preparing legal motions, handling mandamus actions, preparing and arguing the jury charge and handling all post-judgment motions. At the appellate level, Ms. Dean leads the appeal of a judgment, including preparing briefs, petitions for review and briefs on the merits to the Texas Supreme Court, and presenting oral argument before diverse panels of judges.

Throughout her career, Ms. Dean has handled other civil matters as well, such as complex commercial litigation, corporate buy-outs, employment and business contracts, consumer issues, family law litigation, adoptions, real estate transactions and personal injury litigation. She successfully negotiated and closed a multi-million dollar buy-out of a snowboard clothing company to a major sporting goods conglomerate. Prior to specializing in appellate law, Ms. Dean engaged in a successful trial practice and as a result, understands the needs of trial attorneys and what it takes to make them successful at the trial level and on appeal. Ms. Dean is licensed in Texas.

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Stacey Skillman

Ms. Skillman’s practice areas include probate, guardianship and civil appeals. Licensed to practice law in Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky, Ms. Skillman helps guide families and loved ones through the probate and guardianship process.

Ms. Skillman began her legal career as a staff attorney, and then law clerk, to the Honorable William E. McAnulty, Jr., of the Kentucky Supreme Court. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable John D. Minton, Jr., now-Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court. In these positions, she worked closely with judges and court personnel to prepare for oral arguments, conducted extensive legal research and analysis in both civil and criminal appeals and assisted in drafting judicial opinions.

Before joining the Dean Law Firm, Ms. Skillman was an associate at the Nashville, Tennessee law firm of Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, where she litigated cases in both state and federal court in a number of different practice areas, including public utility, employment, estates, trusts and conservatorships (guardianships). She handled cases from the complaint stage through appeal.

Ms. Skillman enjoys giving back to her community. She is a member of the Special Olympics Committee of the Houston Bar Association, a Special Olympics volunteer and a volunteer lawyer with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers, a service of the Houston Bar Association.

When not at work, Ms. Skillman can be found cheering on her family at triathlons, cross country meets and lacrosse games or walking her dog.

Julia Pullin

Julia “Jules” Pullin joined the Dean Law Firm in October 2018. Jules is a Guardianship-Certified attorney. She is a member of the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association, the Houston Young Lawyer’s Association, the Houston Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association. She volunteers with the Houston Volunteer Lawyers in her spare time. She is also a prospective member of the Daughters of the Texas Republic.

Jules’s professional experience includes estate planning, probate, guardianship, intellectual property, and appellate advocacy. Jules was granted the David & Zandra Swenson Intellectual Property Law Award in law school and was a guest speaker at the Diversity in Law Conference in Killeen, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University School of Law in April 2018 and cheers on the Baylor Bears in her free time. When not Sic’ing them, Jules likes to visit museums, spend time with family, and read.

While in law school, Jules clerked with the Honorable Josh R. Morriss III, the Honorable Ralph K. Burgess, and the Honorable Bailey C. Mosely at the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texarkana, Texas, where she worked alongside staff attorneys researching answers to civil and criminal appeals. She also clerked with the Honorable Mike Wood at the Houston Probate Court No. 2 in Houston, Texas, where she worked with Houston’s citizens in their applications for probate, guardianships, and heirships, as well as assisting on the civil docket. Ms. Pullin is licensed in Texas.

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