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Frances H. Bennett

About me

My practice includes all aspects of trust, estate and related tax law including federal estate, gift, generation-skipping transfer and fiduciary income tax law.  I have extensive experience representing beneficiaries of estates and trusts, as well as individuals in their capacities as executors and trustees. 

I am passionate about the arts, theater, and philanthropy.  

Prior to attending law school, I was a successful business owner who founded a wholesale import business concentrating in specialty foods.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Probate: 30%
  3. Litigation: 20%

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  • Lance David Sharp

    I endorse this lawyer. Frances Bennett is one of the most outstanding lawyers in her field both in Austin and in Texas. I have observed her in joint cases and with referrals. I have also seen her diligence in representation of and planning for her clients. In over 20 years of practice, I have rarely seen such a competent attorney who also clearly cares for her clients, their problems and in finding the proper solutions for them. She does not use forms, but tailors client's documents based upon each client's circumstances and family dynamics. All of the clients that I have referred to her are highly complimentary about their experience with Frances and her work for them. I would not trust anyone else for estate planning for myself or my clients.


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Contact info

7800 North Mopac, Ste 200
Austin, TX, 78759


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199210/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, Trusts and Estates 2012Texas' Best Lawyers2012
Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBennett Flaherty PLLC2008 - Present
N/ABennett Smith, PC1997 - 2008
Law Clerk, Hon. Ricardo Hinojosa, Southern District of TexasUnited States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Mcallen Division1996 - 1996
N/ASmith Moore & Associates1996 - 1997
Law Clerk, Hon. Homer ThornberryUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals1992 - 1996
Intern - Justice Jack HightowerTexas Supreme Court1991 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Austin Tax Study GroupMember2008 - Present
Austin Theatre Alliance - Paramount and State TheatresPresident - Board of Directors2008 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Taxation Section, Estate and Inheritance Tax CommitteeChair2004 - 2006
Estate Planning and Probate Section, Austin Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section, State Bar of TexasMember1996 - Present
Austin Bar AssociationMember1992 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Advanced Estate Planning and ProbateState Bar of Texas2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Mary's School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1992
University of Texas at AustinN/AB.A. - English and History1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Intermediate Estate Planning, June 2012Key Provisions in Wills and Trusts that Can Make or Break You2012
Advanced Family LawReal Estate, Oil and Gas and Estate Planning2011
Advanced Estate Planning and ProbateHow to Prepare for the Estate Planning Specialization Exam2011
Blending Families, Lifestyles, and AssetsEstate Planning for Blended Families2010
Smart Planning for Smart WomenSpecial Assets and Special Gifts2009
Smart Planning for Smart WomenBasic Estate Planning2008