Derry W Swanger
Practice Areas
* International Estate and Asset Protection Planning
* Private Placement Life Insurance Planning and Insurance Dedicated Funds
* Investment Portfolio Planning (Legal and Tax Matters)
* Domestic Estate Planning
* Probate, Trust and Estate Administration
* Tax and Entity Planning
* Charitable Planning and Administration
* Complex Real Estate Transactions and Lending
* Insurance Consultation and Administration
* Complex Structure Administration
* Family Office Support

GSRP is AV rated in all of its practice areas, the highest rating available for any law firm.In addition, Leslie Giordani, Derry Swanger, and Michael Ripp are Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Steve Phillips is Board Certified in Tax by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Probate, Trust and Estate Administration
The firm's probate, trust, and estate administration practice encompasses all aspects of administration of decedents' and fiduciary estates. The firm's probate practice involves submitting wills to the court for probate or assisting the decedent's family with alternative heirship proceedings when the decedent died without a will. Once the will is probated, or heirs are determined, GSRP attorneys assist the family with administrative matters such as gathering, inventorying, and valuing assets in the estate, and preparing federal estate tax returns, state death tax returns, and state and federal gift or generation-skipping transfer tax returns. For clients who have just lost a loved one, estate administration can be a daunting task. The attorneys at GSRP provide thoughtful, competent assistance in meeting court filing deadlines and federal tax filing deadlines, thereby making a difficult time much easier to endure. The firm's trust and estate administration practice involves advising fiduciaries on the legal and practical aspects of the administration of trusts, decedent's estates, and the estates of minors and incapacitated persons. GSRP attorneys also represent beneficiaries of estates in negotiating settlements of estates, protecting beneficiaries' rights with regard to monitoring costs of administration, and advising in contested matters.

Fellow - American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

Derry W Swanger
Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips LLP
100 Congress Ave #1440
Austin TX 78701
Tel: 512 767-7100
Fax: 512 767-7101

Mr. Swanger has extensive experience in assisting U.S. and non-U.S. clients with the design and implementation of traditional and more sophisticated estate planning and asset protection strategies. This includes the preparation and implementation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, disability documents, marital property agreements, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies for business succession planning, as well as beneficiary designations necessary to coordinate a client’s life insurance and retirement assets with his or her overall plan. Mr. Swanger has worked extensively with individual and corporate executors and trustees, advising them with respect to the tax and non-tax issues associated with the administration of estates and trusts, and is experienced in the judicial construction, reformation, modification, and termination of trusts. Mr. Swanger also has substantial experience in advising clients about charitable giving issues and about the creation of tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, and private operating foundations. Mr. Swanger is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council, serves as a legal advisor to the Ballet Austin Foundation, and is an active member of various other professional and civic organizations. Mr. Swanger graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1984 after receiving his B.B.A. in Accounting, with highest honors, from The University of Texas at Austin in 1981.
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