I focus my practice on taxation and wealth planning for both businesses and... more
I focus my practice on taxation and wealth planning for both businesses and individuals. This practice is composed primarily of wills and trusts, estate administration (probate), and estate litigation, but also involves a considerable amount of tax consulting for business formations, restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to the aforementioned practice areas, I am licensed to... view profile
Gerald J. Smiths journey to becoming a lawyer was not a straight classroom-to-... more
Gerald J. Smiths journey to becoming a lawyer was not a straight classroom-to-classroom path. Instead, a praying grandmother, born in Mosier Valley, Texas, provided Gerald with patriotic uncles who served in different branches of the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. Thus, college was postponed for a couple of years, for Geralds first desire would be to serve his country by enl... view profile
Chris graduated cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he was a member of... more
Chris graduated cum laude from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean’s honor roll and Chief Counsel of the Child Advocacy Clinic. Prior to law school, Chris received his B.B.A. in Management and Operations, with a minor in finance, from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin, where he was a member of the Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society, the B... view profile
Tax attorneys understand the interplay of different tax laws and regulations, and in planning strategies to minimize people's tax liabilities. Many tax laws are written by lawyers for lawyers, and as such are very difficult to understand. There are also many different types of taxes and tax laws–for example, income taxes, corporate and business taxes, death taxes, property taxes, estate and gift taxes, sales taxes, and international taxes. Sometimes taxes are based on an inflated or incorrect value the government has placed on an entity or activity. Tax attorneys will help you challenge the value or the tax itself, and help you reduce your taxes through careful planning.