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I am Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law (BLS-State Bar of Texas), a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (BLS-State Bar of Arizona), and a CPA.  I focus my practice almost exclusively on estate planning, probate, trusts, and charitable giving and organizations.


Contact info

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP

100 Congress Avenue
Suite 1440
Austin, TX, 78701

Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    17 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    17 years
  3. Tax: 30%
    17 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Guy Henry Haskell

    Mr. Baker is a dedicated and skillful attorney who gives thoughtful and insightful guidance in his Avvo answers. He is a valued member of the Avvo community who is generous in sharing his time and expertise by spending considerable time participating on this site. It is my pleasure to endorse him.


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  • Howard M Lewis

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Baker is one of the finest attorneys in his state. He is a strong and zealous advcocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services.


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TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201007/16/2016
AZActive 200105/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ManagerThe Law Office of Steven D Baker, PLLC2010 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning SectionMember2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1999 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, BLS-Estate and Trusts Advisory CommitteePresident2009 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Estate Planning and Community Property Law JournalThe Texas Mess: Marital Property Characterization of Trust Income2013
AZ CPA MagazineWhat You Need to Know About the Arizona Trust Code2008
Arizona Community Foundation Giving Counsel NewsletterVisiting (or Revisiting) the Charitable Lead Unitrust2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of TexasAccounting (High Honors)Other - Bachelors1993
University of TexasTaxationOther - Masters1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Austin Chapter of TSCPAWhen to File an Estate Tax Return2016
Austin Chapter of TSCPAWhat You Need to Know About Community Property2014
Austin Chapter of TSCPAIncome Taxation of Estates and Trusts in Texas2013
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Tax Planning and Compliance After December 31, 20122013
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Planning Before January 1, 20132012
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Administration for Texas CPAs2012
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Planning Under the New Tax Law2011
Austin Chapter of TSCPAGrantor Trust Rules2011
Minimizing Client Estate Taxes with Plans That WorkPlanning with Retirement Benefits2008
Minimizing Client Estate Taxes with Plans That WorkManaging Decisions in Post-Mortem Planning2008
Estate Planning BasicsWills and Trusts2008
Estate Planning BasicsCharitable Giving Techniques2008
Annual ConferenceEstate Planning for Companion Animals2007
Beyond the Basics: Strategies for Solving Probate Issues and Challenges in ArizonaEstablish and Follow Ethical Best Practices2006
Annual ConferenceEstate Planning and Living Wills: Managing Your Future Today2005