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Charles J. Smaistrla

Probate Attorney at Austin, TX

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1983
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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Charles J. Smaistrla
8140 N Mo Pac Expy, Ste 2-140
Austin, TX, 78759

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Posted by Richard | March 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Probate Lawyer. I Highly Recommend!!!
I can't say enough about how pleased I am for picking Charles as my probate attorney. During the discovery meeting I got a good sense of how attentive and invested he was in his clients. I had no experience with the probate process and was very nervous about which attorney to hire. I called around a bunch of different offices for comparison and Charles stood out because he went in depth into questions and was extremely personable and felt like he cared a lot more than the other lawyers I talked with. The entire process of the probate went the same way, every question I had, any issue that came up, Charles was extremely helpful, reliable and easy to communicate with. I highly recommend Charles.
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Posted by anonymous | September 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Superb lawyer
Charles Smaistrala helped me during a difficult personal time. I found him to be an experienced, meticulous lawyer. His careful habits extended additionally to all precautions to keep me safe, a person at very high risk for Coronavirus, while speedily drawing up a new will and all necessary documents. His counsel was sensible and excellent. I thought I needed “this.” No, he counseled, it is better if you have “that”—something that had not crossed my mind. His suggestions and legal counseling saved me a great deal of money. I certainly did NOT need a trust. The knowledge that one is in the hands of a capable and honest lawyer is a pure joy. Many, many years ago, I once worked as a legal assistant. (Both lawyers long since deceased.) Times have indeed changed, but not the education I received in differentiating mediocrity from competence in legal matters. Mr. Smaistrala was everything I could have hoped for—not only had a lightning quick grasp of my circumstances and needs, but was reasonably priced, and tops in accomplishing quickly the legal work. Superb lawyer!
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Posted by Raven | December 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Charles is a life saver!!
You never think you will need a lawyer, but if and when you do Charles is the best attorney. I have had the opportunity to work with Charles over the last year on a difficult Estate case. I have found Charles to be of the highest integrity and character. If there is anything he may not know he will immediately consult with another attorney for answers. I found him to be very thorough and compassionate.
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Posted by Michael Jones | October 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I needed to have my Dad’s Will probate in a quick manner because of some personal family issues. I look around e-mailing and calling many probate lawyers. When I talked to Mr. Charles over the phone and told him of my situation – he explained everything in detail on what would need to be done and the court process. Most lawyers I talked to wanted to meet in person first before discussing any issues. Mr. Charles was able to get my Dad’s Will probate within a week after meeting with him in person. Mr. Charles guided me through the whole process and always kept me informed, with detailed information on what was going on. When we arrived at court for the probate – I notice that he was well respected among his peers and even the Judge (Honorable Guy Herman). Judge Guy Herman gave accolades to Mr. Charles, when him and I were in front of the Judge. All in all, I thought this was going to be a painful process. Mr. Charles made the process quick and painless – I could not have asked for a smoother process.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Smaistrla Law Firm
  • 1991 - Present
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • 1984 - 1991
  • Law Clerk to Judge Jack Roberts
  • U.S. District Court (W.D. Tex.)
  • 1983 - 1984


  • University of Texas
  • 1983
  • Texas A&M University
  • PhD - Doctorate
  • 1975


  • Austin Bar Ass'n, Solo-Small Firm Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2013 - Present
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Austin University Area Rotary Club
  • Past President / Past Treasurer
  • 1999 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1983 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association
  • 1983 - Present
  • Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning Section
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • N/A
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A


  • Texas Law Review
  • An Analysis of Tying Arrangements: Invalidating the Leveraging Hypothesis
  • 1983

Attorney endorsements

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Probate Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Charles is very professional and enjoyable to work with and does an excellent and thorough job representing his clients and their interests!"
Probate Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Since going into private practice in 1991, Charles has shown himself to be an exemplary attorney who stands above the rest in representing his clients during the difficult times of loss of a loved one."