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Christopher Dewitt Brockett

Tax Attorney at Fort Smith, AR

4.8   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State AR
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Tax
    45%
    Mr. Brockett's tax practice includes defending taxpayers in audits and assessments, and trials against the Federal Internal Revenue Service and the Arkansas Deparatment of Finance and Administration. Mr. Brockett has also assisted in representing clients in criminal cases involving failure to file or report income tax.

    19 years, 100 cases

  2. Litigation
    25%
    Mr. Brockett's litigation includes the prosecution and defense of will contests, trust contests, compensation disputes, fiduciary liability claims, tortious interference claims, estate and trust accounting proceedings, incapacity proceedings, and constitutional claims in trusts and estates.

    17 years, 25 cases

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    15%
    Mr. Brockett's services include advising and assisting in the organization of entities, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional representation. Our attorneys counsel clients on the best choice of entity, assist in business planning and handle all aspects of the preparation and filing of appropriate organizational documents to meet the specific needs and desires of individual clients.

    19 years, 100 cases

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Mr. Brockett routinely assists individual and corporate clients in the structuring of transactions, wealth transfers between generations, retirement planning and other matters so that they receive the most favorable tax treatment. In conjunction with this practice, our firm provides estate planning services from drafting basic estate planning documents to funding complex trusts.

    19 years, 285 cases

For more than a century, the law firm of Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC has served clients in Arkansas and Oklahoma. With origins of the firm dating back to 1893, its current attorneys carry forward one of the oldest, continuous law practices in the region.

RBS&R represents individuals, small businesses, and large corporations on a wide variety of legal matters. In addition to providing civil advocacy in state and federal courts, the firm’s attorneys advise and counsel clients on contract, corporate, commercial, and tax matters.  They work closely with business clients on all types of labor and employment law issues. They also help individuals and business owners in estate planning and trust and probate administration, and provide assistance in family law matters, real estate, and bankruptcy.

Building and maintaining productive, long-term client relationships has been a hallmark of the firm. Several national insurers became clients of the firm during the 1920s, and have remained thus for a period of more than 90 years.

Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson legal professionals and staff use their experience and knowledge to help clients find effective solutions to their legal problems. The firm has successfully handled thousands of legal matters, in a broad variety of areas. Its attorneys and staff are dedicated to providing all clients with the personal attention and the respect that they deserve. 

Mr. Brockett's Primary Practice Areas:

Along with handling the firms Business Formations, Tax Planning, & Tax Controversies, Mr. Brockett handles the majority of the firms Estate & Gift Taxation, Probate, Estate, & Trust Administration, & Trust and Estate Litigation and Estate Planning. 

Mr. Brockett focuses on implementing the most up to date techniques to avoid or lessen the burden of the estate tax on families. He also assists business owners with asset protection & business succession planning so that their business will continue to prosper beyond their life span. In addition, as family members pass away, he assists in the administration of the Estate to pass the assets to the next generation; however, this process can sometime lead to litigation, and Mr. Brockett has extensive experience in the Trust and Estate Litigation area. 

 

 

 

 

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Location

Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC
315 N 7th St.
Fort Smith, AR, 72902
Robertson, Beasley, Shipley, & Robinson, PLLC
401 Commerical Street
Ozark, AR, 72949
Robertson, Beasley, Shipley, & Robinson, PLLC
401 West Capitol Ave., Suite 502
Little Rock, AR, 72201
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  36 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Considerate and Thorough
Mr. Brockett and the staff at his firm were very considerate and thorough. I had no trouble making contact or getting answers.
Response from Christopher Brockett April 16, 2018
Thank you for the review. Should you need anything in the future, please call.
Posted by anonymous | January 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Fast
I messaged him over the holiday and had an answer from him the day after the holidays were over.
Posted by Tom | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Christopher Brockett
Christopher was extremely thorough and prepared during my case. He gave me a sense of calm every time we were in contact. His level of professionalism, caring, and knowledge were obvious through the entire process. I not only trust him totally, but highly recommend him to family and friends.
Posted by Merkley | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Yes, read this review.
After a lot of searching internet reviews on attorneys, we hired Mr. Brockett to defend us in a real estate matter. He was patient in explaining legal terminology and processes. Our phone calls and emails were promptly answered as he consulted us very realistically and practically with the intent to benefit us financially and to resolve the case in a timely manner. After our phone visits, we felt confident in the future steps we needed to consider. He has a skill in bringing a calming effect to a stressful situation. He also provided us with other cases that were similar to ours which was helpful in our decision making and planning. Mr. Brockett was consistently professional, patient, and thorough in advising and never pressured us in the decision making process. In drafting interrogatories and other requests, we were impressed at the multitude of relevant items he included that we had not previously considered. He was very thorough, to say the least. Ultimately the case against us was dismissed and we appreciate his expertise and skill to make it happen.
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Posted by Jerry | May 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Collaborative Advisor
Chris is a very capable, competent, creative tax attorney. HIs work with me and my clients resulted in exceptional work products and documents tailored specifically to client's values, vision for the future and stated objectives. Mutual clients with Chris and me were complimentary of his personal and professional to their needs and objectives.
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Posted by Frank | May 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Arkansas Attorney Christopher Brockett did an excellent job for us. He was responsive to telephone calls and emails. We would highly recommend his legal services.
Posted by GG blues | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning & Litigation
Christopher has provided and continues to provide incredible legal representation through a very complicated family estate planning dispute. Litigation has become necessary and as that has moved forward myself and other family members involved are very thankful we have the very best legal representation. We have utilized Christopher for other business related legal issues and found him to be extraordinary.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He is an excellent attorney!
He went above and beyond to meet our needs! He was very informative, he helped guide us, and he gave us all the information we needed! He is very professional and courteous! He is an amazing attorney and I would highly recommend to anyone!
Posted by Scott | August 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Couldn't ask for better representation.
We have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Brockett for almost six years. He is an outstanding attorney and very attentive to our needs. Not only is he a wealth of information, but he is thorough and timely in working with clients. Over the years, Mr. Brockett has worked on our behalf in multiple business transactions. I can say, without fail, his side of our transactions are completed on-time, in a professional manner and with our protection as his top priority. Retain Mr. Brockett for your legal needs, you won't be disappointed.
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Posted by Burl | August 29, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most excellent
Having Christopher represent me, In several cases, business, tax, corporat filing's and as well as estate , trusts and Property matters. Well it has been spectacular to say the least. His knowledge of the law and statutes Is superb. You will know that he has your back when representing you! He has gone above and beyond my expectations as an attorney while representing me. Along with his accounting abilities, Will make you feel You have an Attorney who is there to truly help, and that has your best interest . To see to it that you win or at least that you get through your ordeal with as little damage as possible . And his rates are very reasonable. My experience with Christopher Brockett has been a most excellent one, and he comes highly recommended by me!!!
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Posted by KJY | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Litigation
Chris was always prompt to address any questions/concerns we had, explaining things in detail. We had never been through anything like this so he was very thorough about explaining all steps to us. He was upfront as to what different steps would cost and the possible outcomes.
Posted by Brandon | August 28, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Experienced Tax Attorney
I have worked with Christopher for a number of years. Because he is experienced in tax law, I have referred a number of clients to him with issues outside my areas of practice. When a lawyer refers a case, you want to hear that the attorney worked hard for the client, was responsive, and hopefully obtained a great result. That is exactly what you will get when working with Christopher and my clients could not have been happier with his representation. This year, I have also worked with him on some estate planning for my family. He provided the advice we needed to make key decisions about the future and also prepared the plan. It was a great experience and I would recommend Christopher for any of your estate planning needs.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excelent Lawyer
Great guy, easy to work with. Understood my situation and advised me on how to get the most positive outcome. Would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by John | August 9, 2014
Helped my family settle Quiet Title filing
Since the claim was filed in Okla, Mr. Brockett took care of half the load. He handed off the courtroom representation to an Okla. associate. However, Mr. Brockett handled all the pre courtroom paperwork and preparation of documents, making our case to remain on the title and receive benefits from mineral rights. He always kept us up-to-date with his activities and filings. Most importantly to me, he stopped and answered my questions in plain English. No matter how mundane or inexperience I must have seemed, he patiently helped me to understand. I learned a lot.
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Posted by Amber | August 6, 2014
TRUST AND POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR BOTH SONS (ONE HAVING A DISABILITY) FOLLOWING GRANDFATHER'S DEATH
Mr. Brockett was a referral from an investment advisor and friend. I needed a Trust and Power of Attorney for both of my sons, one having a disability, following the death of my father. He took time to review their needs present and future, made suggestions that weren't always a financial gain for him as my attorney and looked at my family as just that... a family, when preparing the trusts and other appropriate legal documents needed. For future legal needs, I will not hesitate to pick up the phone and call Mr. Brockett. His knowledge of the law and taking time with me to explain and answer questions were both remarkable attributes of this "down to earth" attorney.
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Posted by Anna | July 30, 2014
CLIENT FIRST LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Christoper is the kind of attorney that puts the client first. He really cares about his clients. He shows empathy, but always gives the best advice. It may not be what you want to hear, but you know he has your best interest (your case), on the front burner.
Posted by Karen | October 18, 2013
Review of Chris Brockett, RE: ESTATE PLANNING
Chris worked with us in handling all documents relevant to estate planning. He was professional yet personable and quite patient. I enjoyed working with him. He asked questions that I would never have thought were relavant to either the trust, will, and other documents he did for us as part of our estate planning. When I had questions, he answered them in language I could understand and at the same time told me why a particular statement or process was needed. He was great with my husband and we were pleased with Chris and recommend him for any type of estate planning you may need.
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Posted by Tom | May 1, 2013
Good referral from a good attorney
Mr. Brockett was recommended by another attorney as being capable of handling my trust problems; i.e., changing Trustee and subsequently recovering lost revenue and income as a direct result of the former Trustee's mismanagement. The subsequent Trustee has performed in a far superior manner. While the overall length of litigation was longer than I anticipated, the end results were very satisfactory. I would be glad to recommend his services to anyone in need of good representation regarding financial matters.
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Posted by Ken Pence | May 1, 2013
Honest, and Hard Working
Chris is a very straight shooter he works hard for his clients and is very good at it. I have used him on several cases From Tax issues to Business law and Corp.law He has never let me down
Posted by David | April 29, 2013
Professional Review
Mr. Brockett assisted in setting up an estate plan along with required documentation for my wife and me. Mr. Brockett performed the services in a prompt manner. We felt his fees for these services were reasonable. Mr. Brockett also followed up with us as needed. Mr. Brockett is very personable and down to earth while remaining totally professional.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-325 per hour
  • Contingency 20%-35%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Robertson, Beasley, Shipley & Robinson, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sayre & Brockett
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Hatfield, Sayre & Brockett
  • 2009 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Jack Nelson Jones Fink Jiles & Gregory. P.A.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Hyden, Miron & Foster, PLLC
  • 2005 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2005
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Arkansas Tech University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lori Erwin v. Shelby Frost, Et. Al.
  • Affirmed on direct appeal
  • Kimbrell v. McClesky
  • Affirmed on Direct Appeal and Reversed and Remanded on Cross-Appeal

Associations

  • Pope County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Franklin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Rotary International, Ozark, Arkansas Chapter
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pulaski County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney
  • Soiree' Magazine
  • 2018
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • River Valley Volunteer Attorney Project
  • 2018
  • Top Attorney North America
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers Little Rock (TAX)
  • Soiree Magazine
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorney North America
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2016
  • Rising Star Tax Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers in Little Rock Tax
  • Soiree Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star Tax Law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyers Little Rock (TAX)
  • Soiree Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star Tax law
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyers in Little Rock, Arkansas (Tax)
  • Soiree Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star in Tax
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyers in Little Rock, Arkansas (Tax)
  • Soiree Magazine
  • 2011
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Publications

  • Arkansas Probate and estate Administration (2014 Revisions Chapter 19 Tax)
  • Author
  • 2014
  • Arkansas Bar Association Probate and Trusts Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2014
  • Arkansas Probate and estate Administration (2013 Revisions Chapter 19 Tax)
  • Author
  • 2013
  • Arkansas Bar Association Probate and Trusts Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2012
  • Arkansas Bar Association Probate and Trusts Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2011
  • Arkansas Bar Association Probate and Trusts Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2010
  • Arkansas Bar Association Probate and Trusts Law Review
  • Editor
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Top 8 Probate Problems and How to Solve Them
  • Financial and Tax Hurdles
  • 2019
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • Managing the Inventory, Administering The Estate Effectively and Maintaining an Ethical Balance
  • 2019
  • Estate Planning: Top 7 Tools to Know
  • Retirement Benefit Planning and Tax Minimization Tactics: Portability and Step-up Basis
  • 2019
  • Drafting Wills and Trusts
  • Ethics and Planning for Unmarried and Remarried Couples
  • 2019
  • Probate Process from A to Z
  • Ethics
  • 2014
  • Monthly Lunch Meeting
  • Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • WCMC Auxiliary Volunteer Group
  • Leaving a Legacy Using Basic Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Mastering Mergers and Acquisitions
  • 2010
  • Teleconference
  • Advanced Tax Issues for LLCs
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Buying and Selling the Mom and Pop Business
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced LLC Issues
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2008
  • Annual Arkansas Bar Association
  • Recent Trends in Income and Estate Taxation
  • 2008
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Mastering Mergers and Acquisitions
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Buying and Selling a Business made easy
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Advanced S Corporations
  • 2007
  • 46th Annual Arkansas Federal Tax Institute
  • Select Issues in Planning for and Negotiating Asset/Stock Sale Transactions
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • S Corporations: Exploring the Advantages
  • 2006
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Partnership Taxation
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (1)
Endorse Christopher
Tax Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Friend
"Chris is a sharp lawyer that takes care of his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with Christopher on a probate matter of mine in which the decedent, a FL resident, also owned property in Arkansas. We hired Christopher to handle the Ark. end of things and my client and I have been very pleased. He also bills on a flat fee basis which my clients appreciate so there are no surprise bills. Christopher has been timely and professional and I'll certainly use him again for any other Arkansas probate issues that arise. I'll also gladly refer him to anyone needing an Arkansas estate planning lawyer. I endorse Christopher Brockett."
Tax Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is an excellent tax and business attorney. We've referred a number of clients to Chris over the years. The best recommendation I can give him is to tell you that Andy Taylor and I hired him ourselves to handle a business matter for our firm. If you're looking for a tax attorney or business attorney, Chris is your guy."
Tax Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christopher is a top-notch tax attorney and I would recommend his services to anyone with tax, estate planning, or corporation issues. I have referred several clients to Christopher over the last few years and I have been impressed how he has been able to assist each client."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a lawyer's lawyer. When one of his own needs advice in the complex area of LLC/PLLC operating agreements within the additionally tricky confines of the Rules of Professional Conduct, he gives unwavering, expert advice you're confident to rely on. If something is outside of his practice subset, he will refer you to another who-- like him-- is at the absolute top of his or her specialty. I endorse this lawyer wholeheartedly and wish him the best in his practice."
Tax Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Chris as being a highly intelligent, professional attorney. He is very knowledgable, and is a passionate client advocate. I have worked side by side with Chris and observed him first hand. Clients are assured of being well served with Chris as their attorney."
Tax Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer and wish to make it known to all other attorneys and potential clients that he is an opponent to be feared and an advocate to hire. I had the privelege of attending law school with Christopher. Even then he was dedicated to his work. Since we have both been practicing in Little Rock, I have had the opportunity to share clients with him. His work ethic is superior. He beats deadlines and looks for additional tasks. He does what he says he will do and then some. He does not waste time or his client's money. To say that he is a terrific lawyer doesn't seem to be enough. Suffice it to say that when my family needed a tax attorney, my first call was to Christopher. Yours should be too."
Tax Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Brockett is a very knowledgeable and even more capable attorney. I would (and do) recommend him for all your tax and business law needs. I do not practice in these areas so I refer all my clients with tax law needs to Christopher. I highly recommend his services."
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