Frances Bennett's practice includes all aspects of estate planning, wills and trusts and probate.Frances Bennett is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate and a named Texas Super Lawyer.Frances Bennett is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate and a named Texas Super Lawyer.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1992||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyer, Trusts and Estates 2012||Texas' Best Lawyers||2012|
|Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2009|
|Attorney||Bennett Flaherty PLLC||2008 - Present|
|N/A||Bennett Smith, PC||1997 - 2008|
|Law Clerk, Hon. Ricardo Hinojosa, Southern District of Texas||United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Mcallen Division||1996 - 1996|
|N/A||Smith Moore & Associates||1996 - 1997|
|Law Clerk, Hon. Homer Thornberry||United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals||1992 - 1996|
|Intern - Justice Jack Hightower||Texas Supreme Court||1991 - 1991|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Austin Tax Study Group||Member||2008 - Present|
|Austin Theatre Alliance - Paramount and State Theatres||President - Board of Directors||2008 - Present|
|Estate Planning and Probate Section, Austin Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas||Member||1996 - Present|
|Austin Bar Association||Member||1992 - Present|
|State Bar of Texas, Taxation Section, Estate and Inheritance Tax Committee||Chair||2004 - 2006|
|Advanced Estate Planning and Probate||State Bar of Texas||2012|
|St. Mary's School of Law||N/A||Juris Doctor||1992|
|University of Texas at Austin||N/A||B.A. - English and History||1983|
|Intermediate Estate Planning, June 2012||Key Provisions in Wills and Trusts that Can Make or Break You||2012|
|Advanced Family Law||Real Estate, Oil and Gas and Estate Planning||2011|
|Advanced Estate Planning and Probate||How to Prepare for the Estate Planning Specialization Exam||2011|
|Blending Families, Lifestyles, and Assets||Estate Planning for Blended Families||2010|
|Smart Planning for Smart Women||Special Assets and Special Gifts||2009|
|Smart Planning for Smart Women||Basic Estate Planning||2008|
Posted by anonymous
She helped us update our will and set up Power of Attorney explaining each document throughout the process. We are very pleased and will recommend her to friends and family.
Posted by Ken
We were clients with unusual needs and Ms. Bennett made sure everything that needed to happen, did. The experience was excellent from beginning to end. No complaints. Have worked with her since and referred others as well.
Posted by Aileen
Frances Bennett has been advising my family and me for more than a dozen years. She has competently and adeptly helped my husband and me plan and navigate the often choppy “estate waters” surrounding the sale of our business. Frances has also compassionately and professionally guided me through the necessary decisions I needed to make after the death of my husband; and has counseled me as to what I would need to do to protect my assets should I remarry. She is always in my court. I sleep well at night because I am secure in the knowledge that not only is she highly skilled at her craft, but in addition has my family’s and my best interests at heart.
Lance Sharp, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Frances Bennett is one of the most outstanding lawyers in her field both in Austin and in Texas. I have observed her in joint cases and with referrals. I have also seen her diligence in representation of and planning for her clients. In over 20 years of practice, I have rarely seen such a competent attorney who also clearly cares for her clients, their problems and in finding the proper solutions for them. She does not use forms, but tailors client's documents based upon each client's circumstances and family dynamics. All of the clients that I have referred to her are highly complimentary about their experience with Frances and her work for them. I would not trust anyone else for estate planning for myself or my clients.