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Ward Beaudry is a Marine Corps veteran with deep Texas roots who has the heart and knowledge to help individuals, families and businesses navigate the complex areas of legal life.

Ward is an authority in the areas of wills, trusts, estates, probate, elder law, trust and estate litigation, corporate litigation, family business and succession planning, and mediation.

For the past four years, he has been named a Texas Super Lawyer, an award based on peer reviews and independent research.

For more than 50 years the law firm of what today is known as Winn, Beaudry & Winn, has been consistently rated as one of the top estate planning law firms in North Texas. The firm prides itself on meticulous care of clients with compassion grounded in experience.


Ward has significant experience with the follow legal areas:

  • Reforming complex trusts to meet present-day needs to minimize tax exposure, preserve wealth and maximize intergenerational wealth transfers

  • Assisting families who suspect an elderly loved one may be abused by a caregiver or institution

  • Helping veterans receive the benefits they deserve (Certified by the Veterans Administration)

  • Structuring family business succession planning, including gift and estate tax minimization and creditor protection

  • Supporting families dealing with special needs children or elderly relatives or neighbors

  • Providing efficient and effective services in both probate & guardianship estate administration and litigation matters


Ward serves a wide variety of clients, for example:

  • The family of a mother with Alzheimer's disease that seeks to provide the best possible long-term care plan

  • A couple who have been extraordinarily successful and wish to maximize the passing of wealth to the next generation without turning their children into typical "trust fund babies"

  • A young couple who are about to have their first child and want to set up legal documents to protect the child in the event of illness or death of one or both parents

  • An individual entering into a second marriage who wants to preserve certain family assets for existing children

  • A disabled veteran or someone with severe medical needs who is having trouble accessing benefits and entitlement.


Among Ward’s special licenses and certifications:

  • Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

  • Trained Arbitrator and Mediator, American Arbitration Association

  • Participating Attorney, AARP Legal Service Network

  • Accredited Veteran Attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Ward has been active in the community doing volunteer work, fundraising and pro bono legal work for a number of organizations, including theAmerican Heart Association, the MS150 Bike Ride to Cure Multiple Sclerosis and the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. He is the general counsel and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Child Abuse Prevention Center, now called Family Compass.


Ward received his bachelor’s degree from Austin College in 1963 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1965. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965 and authorized to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
  2. Corporate: 20%
  3. Elder Law: 20%
  4. Trusts: 20%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Alfred W. Ellis

    I endorse this lawyer for probate matters, wills and estates, trusts and anything related. I've know Ward for over 30 years and he is always my go to referral for such matters.


    Alfred Ellis Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael W. Eaton

    I endorse this lawyer. Ward has an excellent reputation in the legal community.


    Michael Eaton Corporate and incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Winn, Beaudry & Winn Attorneys at Law

1601 Elm St Ste 4200
Thanksgiving Tower,
Dallas, TX, 75201-7264


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 196507/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2013
SuperLawyer 2012--Estate PlanningThomson Reuters2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President, Corporate PartnerWinn, Beaudry & Winn1981 - Present
Lt.. Col.U.S. Marine Corps1965 - 1969
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of the State Bar of TexasN/A2000 - Present
National Association of Estate Planners and CouncilsN/A1995 - Present
Accredited Estate PlannerN/A1995 - Present
Estate Planning Council of North TexasCharter MemberN/A
American Arbitration AssociationN/AN/A
ElderCare MattersCharter MemberN/A
Dallas Bar FoundationPast Chairman, Life FellowN/A
Veterans' Administration Accredited AttorneyN/AN/A
National Eldercare Professionals CommunityN/AN/A
Dallas Estate Planning CouncilN/AN/A
AARP Legal Services NetworkN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1965
Austin CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1963
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteEstate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step Is Important2011
National Business InstituteEstate Administration Procedures2008
NBIFundamental Issues In Elder Law2007