The Best Lawyers in America 2001-Present; Lawyer of the Year 2013 Litigation - Trusts & Estates Houston - Best Lawyers;Texas Super Lawyer 2003-Present; Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law and Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Hal is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves as Texas State Chair and Regent. Hal is a board member of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Planned estates ranging
in size from modest estates to estates in excess of $80 million. Counseled
numerous clients in estate planning and probate matters. Prepared hundreds of
complex wills, containing provisions for testamentary trusts, marital
deduction trusts, generation skipping trusts, life insurance, and powers of
appointment (both general and special). Prepared and filed numerous federal estate
(Form 706) and federal gift tax(Form 709) returns. Prepared family limited
partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRAT), qualified personal
residence trusts (QPRT), Graegin notes, intentionally defective
grantor trusts (IDGT), corporations, private foundations, charitable trusts,
limited liability companies, revocable and irrevocable trusts, pourover
trusts, insurance trusts, Crummey trusts, durable general and health
care powers of attorney, buy-sell agreements, directives to physicians, and
guardianship designations. Counseled clients in business succession planning.
Handled both intestate and testate probate administrations from beginning to
end. Represented taxpayers in audits of estate tax returns. Successfully
obtained private letter rulings in the estate tax area. First chair
experience in trying will contests and contested guardianships as well as
other contested probate proceedings to juries and judges. Sought and obtained
judicial modification of trusts. Prepared qualified income trusts, special
needs trusts, and advised clients on Medicaid qualification.
chair bench and jury trial experience in personal injury, contract,
commercial, condemnation, deceptive trade practice, will contest, oil and
gas, and other areas of law in district and county courts. Litigation in both
state and federal courts. Represented clients in alternate dispute resolution
including both arbitration and mediation. Served as an arbitrator.
Participated in contested case hearings as a member of the Texas Air Control
Board, the former Texas agency responsible for regulating air pollution in
Board Certified: Estate Planning and Probate Law and Civil Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Board Certified by Texas Board of Legal Specialization