J. Bruce Smith became a lawyer in 1977, and for ten years represented clients in general litigation in state and federal courts and administrative hearings. In 1987 he joined Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC and for several years assisted clients with estate planning and general business matters including purchase and sales of businesses and formation of partnerships and corporations. By 1992, his practice had become primarily and is today exclusively limited to advising and assisting clients regarding estate planning, the preparation of wills, trusts and other related documents, the administration of estates and trusts and the planning of charitable gifts.
Bruce has assisted thousands of clients of all economic levels, from recipients of public benefits to those whose annual incomes are millions of dollars. His work includes recognizing and organizing the legal aspects of marriage, divorce and death. Bruce’s primary interest is helping his clients make plans for during their lifetimes and after that recognize their life circumstances, which sometimes include marriages between partners with separate children, personal vulnerabilities such as mental health issues or substance abuse, and complex family dynamics. The circumstances of those same clients often include wealth, accomplishment and personal and family success.
Bruce is married and the happy father of two children, David and Maya.