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.
Licensed since 1992
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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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1992||05/24/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyer, Trusts and Estates 2012||Texas' Best Lawyers||2012|
|Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2009|
|Attorney||Bennett Flaherty PLLC||2008 - Present|
|N/A||Bennett Smith, PC||1997 - 2008|
|Law Clerk, Hon. Ricardo Hinojosa, Southern District of Texas||United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Mcallen Division||1996 - 1996|
|N/A||Smith Moore & Associates||1996 - 1997|
|Law Clerk, Hon. Homer Thornberry||United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals||1992 - 1996|
|Intern - Justice Jack Hightower||Texas Supreme Court||1991 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Austin Tax Study Group||Member||2008 - Present|
|Austin Theatre Alliance - Paramount and State Theatres||President - Board of Directors||2008 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Taxation Section, Estate and Inheritance Tax Committee||Chair||2004 - 2006|
|Estate Planning and Probate Section, Austin Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas||Member||1996 - Present|
|Austin Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|St. Mary's School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Texas at Austin||N/A||B.A. - English and History||1983|
|Intermediate Estate Planning, June 2012||Key Provisions in Wills and Trusts that Can Make or Break You||2012|
|Advanced Family Law||Real Estate, Oil and Gas and Estate Planning||2011|
|Advanced Estate Planning and Probate||How to Prepare for the Estate Planning Specialization Exam||2011|
|Blending Families, Lifestyles, and Assets||Estate Planning for Blended Families||2010|
|Smart Planning for Smart Women||Special Assets and Special Gifts||2009|
|Smart Planning for Smart Women||Basic Estate Planning||2008|