R. Dyann McCully, J.D.


Fort Worth Office
777 Main Street, Suite 700
Fort Worth, Texas 76102


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R. Dyann McCully, J.D., Partner, received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University graduating with high honors and her B.F.A. in Radio-TV-Film from Texas Christian University graduating summa cum laude. Mrs. McCully is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law and is a National Registered Guardian, a Texas Registered Guardian, and a Certified Mediator. Prior to joining The Blum Firm she was a shareholder with Bakutis, McCully & Sawyer, P.C. for over 21 years. Thomson Reuters has consistently recognized Mrs. McCully as a Texas Super Lawyer and Fort Worth, Texas magazine has recognized her has one of Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in Probate, Estates and Trusts.  Mrs. McCully specializes in guardianships, probate litigation, estate planning, and administration of decedent’s estates and guardianship estates, and serves as mediator for probate and guardianship matters.

Education & Accreditations

  • Texas Christian University (1980)
    B.F.A. in Radio-TV-Film summa cum laude
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law (1986)
    J.D. with High Honors: Order of the Coif; Order of Barristers;
    Law Journal: Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 1984-1986
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law
    Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • National Registered Guardian (NRG)
  • Texas Registered Guardian
  • Certified Mediator

Honors & Awards

  • Guardianship Services, Inc. – Ad Litem of the Year (2011)
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell (2001-present)
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers (2011-present)
  • Recognized by Fort Worth, Texas magazine as one of Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in Probate, Estates and Trusts (2003-2016)
  • Recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Texas Super Lawyer (2008-2009, 2011, 2013-2016)

Professional Memberships & Designations

  • State Bar Council of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Trust & Probate Section, Member
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Attorney – Mediators Coalition, Member
  • Association of Attorney – Mediators, Member
  • National Guardianship Association
  • Texas Guardianship Association
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Elder Law & Guardianship Course, Course Director (2015), Planning Committee (2011, 2013-2016)
  • LivingStone University Partners, Chairman of the Board of Directors (2012-2015), Director (2011-2015)
  • Trustee, Fort Worth Christian School Board of Trustees (2003-2008)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Board of Directors, President (2005-2006), Director (2002-2007)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association’s Nuts and Bolts Seminar, Co-Chair (2007)
  • State Bar of Texas, Guardianship Code Committee Member (2001-2004)
  • Tarrant County Property Bar Association’s Probate Litigation Seminar, Co-Chair (2002 and 2003)

Publications & Speeches

  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Guardianship Law Course (’16, ’14, ’13, ’11, ’05)
  • State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Course (’15)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association (’15)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Probate Litigation Seminar (’14, ’12)
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Court (’11, ’10, ’07, ’06 Nuts and Bolts)
  • U.T. School of Law 12th Annual Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference (’10)
  • Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar (TAPS) (’12, ’11, ’07)
  • National Guardianship Association National Conference (’08, ’07)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Nuts and Bolts Course (’13, ’11, ’09, ’07, ’06)
  • Extraordinary Remedies in Guardianships,7 Est. Plan & Community Prop. J. 159 (2015).
  • Reviewing Editor in Practitioners Publishing Company’s Guide to Administering Estates, July 2004.
  • Co-Author, Removal, Resignation, and Successor Representatives, and Final Settlement, Accounting and Discharge, Matthew Bender, Estate Planning and Probate Guide, 1993.