James A Williams
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Estate Planning, Tax & Probate

Graves Dougherty has a large Estate Planning, Probate & Tax group, which includes five attorneys Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law and one attorney Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. The firm’s attorneys represent several generations of experience and have expertise in a variety of areas, enabling us to closely match their specialized knowledge with the specific needs of our clients.

Our attorneys are known for their responsiveness to clients, willingness to listen with care and concern, and ability to communicate complex legal and tax matters in a clear and logical manner. As a result, clients feel at ease in dealing with Graves Dougherty’s attorneys on issues of considerable personal and financial importance.

Areas of emphasis include:
Asset Protection - Estate Administration - Living Trust - Living Wills - Probate Administration - Wills - Tax Planning - Guardianship - Probate Litigation - Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Planning - Charitable Planning - Business Succession Planning - Life Insurance Planning - Employee Benefit Plans - International Estate Planning - Family Limited Partnerships - Fiduciary Representation

Graves Dougherty’s Estate Planning, Probate & Tax experience includes:
* Assisting clients with protecting or preserving family wealth through asset protection techniques
* Federal gift, tax and estate planning, including the preparation of wills and trusts
* Complex guardianship and probate administration
* Marital property planning and the preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
* Planning for incapacity through the use of appropriate trusts, powers of attorney and advanced medical directives
* Planning with family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and various gift, sale and loan transactions
* Guardianship and probate litigation
* Representation of fiduciaries, including guardianships, executors and trustees

Fellow - American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

James A Williams
Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody PC
401 Congress Ave #2200
Austin TX 78701
Tel: 512 480-5622
E-mail: jwilliams@gdhm.com

Jim Williams serves as Chair of Graves Dougherty's Estate Planning, Tax, and Probate Practice Group. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and an Elected Member of the American Law Institute. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Jim has special expertise in federal estate tax, gift tax and generation-skipping transfer tax planning; charitable planning, including private foundation and charitable remainder trust planning; business succession planning; life insurance planning; employee benefit plans; and international estate planning.
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