Guardianship is a legal process where a person who is incapable of managing their affairs is appointed a guardian to act on their behalf to manage their affairs.

Estate planning

Estate planning is a process where a person can establish plans for the distribution and management of their estate and family affairs after death. Estate planning can also involved creating documents to allow for the management of a person’s affairs during their lifetime should they become incapable of managing their affairs.


My collections practice is related to my civil law practice but is exclusively related to debts that have arisen due to a breach of a contract.

Administration of estates

Once a person dies, either the persons Will has to be probated or an Heirship must be done should the person die without a Will. An estate administration is the result of the probate of the Will or Heirship determination. Heirship determinations are a statutory based determination of who will receive the estate based mainly on the persons descendants.

An independent means that their is no court supervision of the administration of the estate. A dependent administration is where the court supervises the estate and the administrator must secure permission for acts done to settle and take care of the estate.

Civil Law

Civil law would include lawsuits filed related to contract disputes or personal injury claims. My general civil law practice encompases my probate practice but would also include suits to resolve disputes over contracts, personal injuries and other civil remedies.

Christopher Cole Forbes


Christopher Cole Forbes, J.D., graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 2005 and licensed to practice law in the State of Texas that same year. Mr. Forbes is a native of the Houston area and has worked his entire career with the elderly and disabled. Mr. Forbes spent 15 years working in the Harris Probate Courts, twelve as a court investigator and three as a staff attorney.