|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1998||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers of 2015||Houstonia Magazine||2015|
|Houston's Top Lawyers||H Texas Magazine||2014|
|Top Lawyers of 2014||Houstonia Magazine||2014|
|Houston's Top Lawyers||H Texas Magazine||2013|
|Houston's Top Lawyers||H Texas Magazine||2012|
|Houston's Top Lawyers||H Texas Magazine||2009|
|Houston's Top Lawyers||H Texas Magazine||2008|
|Law Clerk / Judicial Externship||United States District Court||1996 - 1996|
|Law Clerk / Externship||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency||1996 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Attorneys in Tax and Probate||Member||2013 - Present|
|Fort Bend County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section||Member||2004 - Present|
|Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate Section||Member||2002 - Present|
|College of the State Bar of Texas||Member||1999 - Present|
|Lakeland Villate Comm. Association v. Michael Merola; Cause No. 2010-80552; Harris County, Texas, 281st Judicial District Court||Defendant was able to keep his flag pole and fly the US and Marine flags.|
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|ABA Section of Taxation Pro Bono Committee Meeting||The Ethics of Limited Representation||2010|
|University of Houston Law Center||Tax||LL.M - Master of Laws||2010|
|Texas Wesleyan University School of Law||Law||Juris Doctor||1997|
|University of Houston||Philosophy||Master of Arts||1994|
|University of Texas, Austin||Molecular Biology (Minor: Chemistry)||Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Wednesday Tax Forum||The Ethics of Limited Representation||2010|
Posted by Michael
I hired Lawrence one year ago to create a will for me and my wife. We received top notch service. I was impressed with Lawrence's courteous and professional manner and timely response to my emails. He assisted us with thinking about the future needs of our children and what may be best for them in terms of financial allocations. Also, we were advised on the many other important aspects to consider such as medical directives, power of attorney, and various life scenarios that could impact my family. Lawrence was very thorough, and I feel that we hired one of the best!
The will was completed in the amount of time necessary for such an important document. We were given all the time we needed to review it and make changes.
I would definitely hire Lawrence again for my family's needs in estate planning.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Dietlein put together wills and powers of attorney for myself and my husband. He also helped us set up a trust for our children. We have specific, faith-driven stipulations that we wanted added and he was able to help guide us as to what should be included and what shouldn't, as well as the proper terminology. He was very friendly and easy to talk to, so our meetings were always enjoyable. Everything was put together exactly as we wanted it and very quickly so we could have the peace of mind knowing that our children and belongings are taken care of if anything should happen to us. Overall we had a wonderful experience and have already been recommending him to family and friends.
Posted by Bruce
My wife and I recently hired Lawrence to prepare a Charitable Lead Annuity Trust. This type of Trust is not common and can be quite complicated to ensure accurate tax accounting for the charities, Trusties, and heirs. Throughout the process, Lawrence was professional, personable, and spent the required time to explain details about the Trust and various options. When reviewing details of income tax charitable deductions and gift tax deductions, Lawrence brought in a tax expert to help walk us through the deductions to ensure that the Trust scope would match our goals and expectations. He also provided us with reference materials detailing Lead Trust terminology, definitions, and summaries that were useful for initial review and will certainly be helpful for future reference
In the end, we were very satisfied with the work that Lawrence provided for us and we would highly recommend him to anyone seeking his services.
David Doehring, Probate Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I first had the pleasure of working with Lawrence on a complicated probate matter some time ago. I came to realize early on that Lawrence possessed the integrity in his representation of his client that made me, and correspondingly my client, feel at ease when we were tasked with making difficult decisions. Lawrence was not only very professional in his representation, but also the kind of counsel that clearly knew how to approach situations that needed a great deal of expertise. His reasonableness and logic to create practical and effective and economical solutions to complex problems was refreshing. I can unequivocally recommend Lawrence when an experienced probate attorney is in need.