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hris’s motto is “Be Kind” and her motto defines how she practices law.  

With a personal mission of serving others who must navigate the challenging world of special needs, guardianship and probate legal issues, Chris (Christene) Krupa Downs focuses on wills, trusts, advance directives, estate planning, probate, and guardianship. Chris has been recognized as a “Super Lawyers’ Rising Star in Texas,” in 2016, 2017,  2018, 2019, and 2020 for her practice in estate planning and probate.

Prior to joining Weeks Law Firm, Chris served as an attorney at Krupa Downs Law, PLLC where she rose in prominence as a sought-after author and guest speaker, frequently addressing audiences at the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Collin County Bar Association, and the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar.

Additionally, Chris is very active in the North Texas community and has volunteered with local nonprofits and served in leadership roles, including Executive Vice President on the board of the Junior League of Collin County, on the board of This Side Up Family Center—whose mission is to move families from surviving to thriving through parenting education and values-focused education for the entire family—as well as on the board of City House, where she served as treasurer.

Chris belongs to numerous professional associations, including the College of the State Bar of Texas, the Collin County Bar Association, The Dallas Bar Association, The State Bar of Texas, and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. She currently serves on the State Bar of Texas’s Computer & Technology Section’s board.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from The University of Texas at Dallas, and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.

About Chris

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Section
    • Section Council Member, 2018-2021
  • State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate, & Trust Law Section
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Collin County Bar Association’s Estate Planning & Probate Section
    • Section Board Member & Past President of Section
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Past Chair of Lawyer Referral Service Committee
    • Former Chair of Pro Bono Activities Committee
  • Dallas Bar Association’s Probate, Trusts & Estates Section
    • Served on the Probate Manual Subcommittee
  • Estate Planning Council of North Texas
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Texas Guardianship Association
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • North Texas Pioneers Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award
  • City of Plano’s Cultural Affairs Commission, Feb. 2018 – Present
  • City of Plano’s Complete Count 2020 Census Committee, Feb. 2019 – June 2020
    • Vice Chair of Committee, Chair of Business Subcommittee
  • Collin County Historical Commission, Mar. 2017 – Dec. 2019
  • Community Foundation of Texas’s Advisory Council, Oct. 2019 – Present
  • Hope’s Door Advisory Council
  • Junior League of Collin County, Aug. 2011 – Present
    • 2018-2020 Public Affairs Representative
    • 2017-2018 Executive Vice President
    • 2016-2017 Executive Vice President-Elect
    • 2015-2016 Treasurer
    • 2014-2015 Director of Governance (December 2015 to end of JLCC fiscal year)
    • 2014-2015 Treasurer-Elect
    • 2013-2014 Way & Means Council, Chair of Grants & Awards Committee
    • 2012-2013 Ways & Means Assistant II, Donor Management
  • North Texas Pioneer Rotary Club, Feb. 2011 – June 2018
  • This Side Up Family Center Board of Directors, Feb. 2011 – Apr. 2015
  • Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s Medical Center, Legacy Chapter
  • Live from Collin County Board of Directors, Jan. 2001 – July 2007
    • Served as Treasurer
  • Leadership Plano Class 22
  • Presenter, “Guardianship & Alternatives,” Wylie ISD, Virtual Presentation, April 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, “Probate and Special Needs,” Accessible Law, UNT Dallas College of Law, Fall 2019 Issue, https://accessiblelaw.untdallas.edu/probate-and-special-needs.
  • Presenter, “60 Apps and Tech Tips in 60 Minutes,” State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Section, Your Duty of Technical Competence Seminar, December 2019.
  • Presenter, “Estate Planning 101” and “Guardianship & Alternatives,” Weeks Law Firm, various dates.
  • Presenter, “Guardianship & Alternatives,” Plano Independent School District, September 2019.
  • Author & Presenter, “Probate Procedures and Forms of Administration,” State Bar of Texas Paralegal Division, Webinar, July 2019.
  • Author & Presenter, “Probate Procedures and Forms of Administration, and Whey They Are Used,” National Business Institute, Estate Administration Bootcamp, May 2019.
  • Author & Presenter, “Handling Distributions,” National Business Institute, Estate Administration Bootcamp, May 2019.
  • Presenter, “60 Apps in 60 Minutes,” State Bar of Texas Computer & Technology Section, Disaster Proofing Your Practice, December 2018.
  • Author & Presenter, “Practice and Client Management Software,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Law Practice Management, June 2016.
  • Co-Author & Presenter, “Case Management Software – Solo Conflicts, Checks, and Record- Retention,” State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Law Practice Management, June 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, “Law Practice Management in the 21st Century,” Collin County Bar Association’s “Making Your Practice Work!” Law Practice Management Seminar, January 2014.
  • Co-Presenter, “What’s Up in Office Technology: How to Avoid Malpractice While Using It,” Collin County Bar Association’s “Making Your Practice Work” Law Practice Management Seminar, January 2013.
  • Author & Presenter, “Practical Tips for Organizing the Tech-Savvy Law Office: A Practitioner’s Point of View,” Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar, October 5, 2012.
  • Author & Presenter, “Office Technology: Practical Tips for Organizing the Small, Tech-Savvy Law Office from a Solo Practitioner’s Point of View,” Collin County Bar Association’s “Making Your Practice Work” Law Practice Management Seminar, January 2012.
  • Co-Author & Presenter, “Practical Tips for Organizing the Small, Tech-Savvy Law Office: A Practitioner’s Point of View,” Dallas Bar Association, Solo & Small Firm Section, October 2011.