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Arthur Harold Geffen

Probate Attorney at Dallas, TX

5.0   31 reviews
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  • Licensed for 49 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1974
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Arthur

Learn Arthur’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Probate
    40%
    Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone dies. It includes: •proving in court that a deceased person’s will is valid (usually a routine matter) •identifying and inventorying the deceased person’s property •having the property appraised •paying debts and taxes, and •distributing the remaining property as the will (or state law, if there’s no will) directs.

    49 years

  2. Estate planning
    35%
    Believe it or not, you have an estate. In fact, nearly everyone does. Your estate is comprised of everything you own— your car, home, other real estate, checking and savings accounts, investments, life insurance, furniture, personal possessions. No matter how large or how modest, everyone has an estate and something in common—you can’t take it with you when you die.

    49 years

  3. Business
    15%
    Of all the choices you make when starting a business, one of the most important is the type of legal structure you select for your company. Not only will this decision have an impact on how much you pay in taxes, it will affect the amount of paperwork your business is required to do, the personal liability you face and your ability to raise money.

    49 years

  4. Tax
    10%
    Tax planning encompasses many different aspects, including the timing of both income and purchases and other expenditures, selection of investments and types of retirement plans, as well as filing status and common deductions. However, while tax planning is an important element in any financial plan, it is important to not let the “tax” tail wag the financial “dog.”

    49 years

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We have limited our practice to Estate Planning and Taxation.
The goal of our firm is to provide the highest level of technical expertise and professionalism in a comfortable, service-oriented atmosphere.
We believe that the practice of law is a service business. We want you to hold us to standards of service that you may not have come to expect from other firms.
Specifically, expect us to:
1 listen to you and put your needs first
2 be available to answer your questions
3 offer solutions, not riddles
4 communicate clearly and thoroughly about every aspect of what we do on your behalf

 

I have been practicing Law in Dallas since the late 70's primarily in the fields of Estate Planning, Probate, Tax and Business Organizations.  Outside of the office, my avocations include SCUBA, Underwater Photography, Cooking and utilizing my outdoor wood burning oven to make pizza, bread, and just about anything else that could be made in an indoor oven.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2023 2022 2021 + 9 ...
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
2014

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Location

Arthur H. Geffen, PC
17330 Preston Rd., Suite 200D-260
Dallas, TX, 75252

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very comprehensive and informative
Our 1st meeting was great. He spoke with me concerning my business in language I could understand, and took time to make sure we were a good fit. Appointment scheduled.
Posted by Joseph | November 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr Arthur H. Geffen, Attorney & Counselor of Law
I was a client of Arthur Geffen and hired him to draw up a Living Trust for myself and my wife. Arthur guided us through the decision making and options of developing a Family Living Trust. I found Arthur to be extremely knowledgeable not only in legal matters but just as importantly, family considerations. I highly recommend Arthur Geffen as a Trust Lawyer.
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Posted by Dimple | January 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Arthur was excellent. He explained all the steps and timeline. He was very responsive to questions and maintained open communication throughout the entire process. He's knowledgeable and experienced and I would highly recommend Arthur for any legal work.
Posted by Carey | December 25, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable and Fair
Mr. Geffen has a wealth of knowledge and experience. He provides solid counsel and does an excellent job at protecting his clients interests. I am very thankful our family hired him.
Posted by Robert | March 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly and Compassionate
Arthur helped us with forming a Trust and updating our Wills. He is a caring and attentive advisor that we felt comfortable in trusting or very private information and concerns. I truly can recommend Arthur's services to my friends without worry. I am sure we have cultivated a solid long-term relationship and advisor. Thank You!
Posted by Steve | October 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate planning attorney
We wanted a complete set of estate planning documents completed. We read many reviews and websites looking for the right attorney to help us. Foremost in our minds for choosing an attorney were specialization and experience. We hired Arthur Geffen and are thrilled that we chose him. He very much met our specialization and experience requirements and also was patient with our questions. The process was great. The results are great. We highly recommend Arthur Geffen.
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Posted by Caroline | June 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Kind and knowledgeable.
Having previously written wills, etcfor my husband and me, following my husbands passing he kindly met with me about filing probate and what it involved. With no rush or clock-watching I felt he really cared and he has proceeded with timely action and communication.
Posted by Tina | February 10, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One in million
Mr. Arthur was knowledgeable, helpful in explaining and guiding me through out the process of writing my will. I highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Arthur is very knowledgeable and responded to all of my questions in a timely manner. My company needed a contract formed and he delivered without any problems. He was easy to work with, and I would recommend him to others.
Posted by J.L. | October 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very professional, prompt, transparent, and courteous
I hired Arthur and his firm to prepare documents for my estate planning. Overall I am very pleased with everything I received, from Arthur's professionalism to the deliverable itself. After a positive interview, he sent across an engagement letter and information request list/questionnaire, and we began work. Arthur's turnaround time was quick, and he provided detailed explanations for each step that was required of me. I would recommend him to others. Thank you again.
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Posted by Cynthia and Dwaylon | April 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Pleased!
Mr. Geffen is definitely the person to hire if you are uncertain about retaining an attorney. He helped us with our Warranty Deed questions and took time out to LISTEN AND HELP us with something we were very confused about. He didn't rush us and/or push us to hire him. He was very patient with ALL my questions and helped ease the confusion. We are very pleased and feel comfortable with our choice.
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Posted by Richard | January 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will, Trust,Power of Attorney
I went to Arthur to have a will done. Never had one before and did not know where to start. Arthur was patient and explained things to me in a way I could understand. The process was faster and a lot smother than I could have imagined. I would recommend Arthur to anyone that needs to have anything like this done for piece of mind and to have it done your way. My profound thanks to Arthur and I would use him again if I need to in the future.
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Posted by Kristy Barnes | October 3, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Arthur Harold Geffen Texas
The attorney got back to me immediately unfortunately he was not the type of attorney I was supposed to get to handle my case.
Posted by Brianna | April 15, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!!!
I really can't say enough good things about Arthur and his commitment to his job and to his clients. Arthur handled a complex probate case for me and did an excellent job. His experience and knowledge, especially in regards to mediation were top notch. Even though it took a lot more work than I initially thought it would, he was there throughout the whole process. One of the things I appreciated the most is that he always keeps the line of communication open and provides updates- and always returns phone calls and e-mails. The best thing about Arthur is that he really cares about his clients and is very compassionate, while also setting realistic expectations.
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Posted by Margaret | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great!
Art is professional, thorough, quick and a real pleasure to deal with. I first worked with him about 15 years ago on drafting a will, and again more recently to update the will. He's highly experienced, personable and a great attorney.
Posted by Rebecca | October 14, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
My. Geffen provided excellent services and answered any al questions that I had in a very timely and expedient manner. I would highly recommend his services!
Posted by Janice | September 3, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding
I research attorney's for month's before deciding on Mr. Geffen's firm. He made me feel as though he really cared, answered all my questions quickly, and educated me on the law before I retained him. I am still involved in a case with Mr. Geffen, but I'm at ease knowing he is handling it.
Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A. Geffen
Mr. Geffen walked me through a will probate--something I knew nothing about. He was helpful every step of the way, informing me about the law and rules of the process. It all went quite smoothly and promptly. It was a positive experience.
Posted by Justin | April 3, 2015
Probate
Arthur helped me in executing a probate for my father's property. He explained all steps of the process, gave me a timeline, and explained any possible hiccups we could face. He carried out all legal steps in a very timely manner. The only limiting step was waiting on the county courts to make a decision. I would highly recommend Arthur for any related legal work.
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Posted by Chuck | December 19, 2014
A True Professional
I had met Arthur through friends and family and had a business need that was handled professionally and in a timely manner. I will use Arthur again in future, as legal needs arise and would recommend him highly to all my friends and associates.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-750 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Arthur H. Geffen, P.C.
  • 1975 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hirsch, Westheimer and Block
  • 1974 - 1975

Education

  • University of Houston
  • 1973
  • University of Georgia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1969
  • University of Georgia
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1966
  • Emory University
  • 1964
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Federal Income tax Deficiency for $150,000
  • Sucessfully argued that the loss was a business bad debt and thus the loss offset the income from the IRA withdrawal.

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Computerization of Profession Committee
  • 1991 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Professional Efficiency & Economic Research Committee
  • 1991 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Economics and Law Practice Committee
  • 1990 - Present
  • Dallas County Bar Association
  • Chairman & Founder Computer USe Section
  • 1989 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • 1984 - Present
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • 1984 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar Bar
  • 1977 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • 1975 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1974 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • 1972 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Fee Dispute Committee member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Peer Assistance Committee member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Mentoring Committee Member
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council
  • 2008 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1978
  • Order of the Barons Honor Society
  • University of Houston School of Law
  • 1972
  • Editor
  • Houston Law Review
  • 1972
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Publications

  • Dallas Bar Computer Use and Technology Section
  • Automation Insights
  • 1989
  • Houston Law Review
  • The Waiver Doctrine
  • 1973

Speaking Engagements

  • Texas District and County Attorneys Association
  • Computer Technology
  • 1992
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Convention
  • Advanced Office Practice
  • 1991
  • State Bar of Texas Annual Computer Use
  • Bringing you and your Desk into the 21st Century
  • 1991
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Computers: Overview of Technology
  • 1991
  • Dalls Bar Computer Use
  • Using your computer to communicate with the World
  • 1990
  • Dallas Bar Association Computer Use
  • Using a PC as a Lawyer's Personal Workstation
  • 1989
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Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (8)
Endorse Arthur
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have read hundreds of Arthur's comments and answers here at Avvo and found him to be very knowledgeable, experienced and insightful when it comes to estate and tax matters. He also is very practical in this approach to solving legal problems. He would be someone to rely on and assist with any estate matter."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would send any client Mr. Geffen's way. Through this site and others like it, Mr. Geffen has time and again demonstrated to me a true passion for assisting others through challenges of all shapes and sizes. His responses and suggestions are accurate, well-balanced and aimed at resolving the real issues at hand. Anyone seeking help would be well-served in contacting such an experienced counselor."
Business Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Geffen are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. His answers to questions posed are very informative and well thought out."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An excellent and knowledgeable attorney who really cares about clients."
Probate Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lawyers who serve the avvo community as much as Mr. Geffen are few and far between. It takes passion, concern and dedication to devote so much time. You have my endorsement and kudos."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Geffen always provides easy to understand remarks on this site that steer those posing the questions toward a resolution that is practical and effective."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Atty. Geffen. He gives clear and detailed advice and counsel and is certainly an asset to any client. I am proud to consider him a colleague."
Probate Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have followed Mr. Geffen’s responses on Avvo for several months and have always been impressed with his thorough and insightful answers to various posted questions. Mr. Geffen has the experience necessary to provide efficient solutions to client problems. I do not hesitate in recommending Mr. Geffen to any person needing a probate or estate planning attorney in Texas."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Geffen exemplifies the very best attributes of an active attorney and a level of professionalism we should all aspire to. Honesty, dedication and a love of the law which means. giving back to others who lack our understanding of the law. The thousands years of combined legal experience of professionals activity participating in forum represent some of the very best of our profession, which is after all, at its base is desire to those in need. This Attorney’s experience allows to obtain excellent results for his clients. Most importantly, this Attorney is willing to help complete strangers (as is the case in this forum) with legal problem for which we may have some helpful information and thereby demystify the legal process as much as possible. I would recommend this Attorney without any hesitation for all practice areas listed."
Probate Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. He is very knowledgeable and experienced attorney that you can rely on for counsel in probate and estate matters. I have seen some of his work and found that he is always on the mark."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would gladly recommend this Arthur. I have reviewed his answers within AVVO posts and they are informative and accurate."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"If you want creative thinking and quick turnaround for your estate planning needs then Arthur Geffen meets your expectations. Arthur likes to resolve issues and works fiercely until a project is complete. Arthur's experience includes trusts, wills, gift planning, and family limited partnerships. Arthur and I have known each other over 30 years, and I have staked my reputation and livelihood on his performance since we were partners in a practice for several years."
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