R Bruce LaBoon
Trusts and Estates

Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell's estate planning attorneys offer a sophisticated, efficient approach to the full range of wealth transfer planning for high net worth individuals. From modest to billion dollar estates, we understand the complex and dynamic tax laws and the latest issues which impact clients' wealth transfer and estate planning goals. We quickly analyze complex issues and help clients identify and understand planning options so they can effectively maintain and pass on wealth.

We customize plans to individual needs, realizing every family and every estate is unique. Our team works closely with our business tax and employee benefits attorneys to handle all types of client needs, from typical transfer tax issues to the most sophisticated wealth transfer techniques.

Our attorneys work extensively in planning for transfers of business interests and family investments, and we have the established ability to reduce taxes and defend such planning techniques on audit. While tax planning is frequently an important element of estate planning, our attorneys pride themselves on the breadth as well as the depth of their experience, which extends to business succession planning, trust and estate administration, litigation, fiduciary advice and charitable planning.

Most of Locke Lord's estate planning lawyers are board certified, and many are elected as fellows in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Most are also members of the probate and estate planning sections of various bar associations. We regularly share our knowledge at seminars and are leaders and members of professional organizations nationwide.

Wealth Transfer Planning
We are skilled at current estate and gift tax planning opportunities, asset protection, marital property planning and business succession plans. Our attorneys have specialized experience in sophisticated estate and tax planning for clients whose estates – often exceeding many tens of millions of dollars – consist of multiple types of assets, including oil and gas interests, real estate, stock and bond portfolios and closely held businesses.

Locke Lord attorneys have years of experience in all phases of wealth transfer planning, including the following:

* Preparation of simple to complex wills, codicils and disability planning documents.

* Preparation of all types of revocable and irrevocable trusts, including but not limited to living trusts, dynasty trusts, GRATs, grantor trusts, educational trusts, life insurance trusts, S corporation trusts, qualified domestic trusts for non-U.S. citizens, and personal injury settlement trusts.

* Creation of family partnerships and other entities for asset management and wealth planning.

* Beneficiary designation planning for retirement benefits.

* Probate of wills and handling contested and noncontested probate proceedings.

* Preparation of federal estate tax, gift tax and generation-skipping tax returns

* Gift and estate tax audits and valuation controversies with the IRS and other taxing authorities.

* Asset protection planning.

* Marital property planning, including pre- and post-marital agreements.

* Decisions on tax and community property aspects of property division upon divorce.

* Charitable planning.

We are also able to meet our clients' desires to provide effective philanthropy, and we help in deciding between such techniques as private foundations, supporting organizations and donor-advised gift funds. We have experience in all types of charitable split interest trusts. A number of our attorneys serve on advisory and governing boards of charitable organizations and are familiar with operational and governance issues involving charities, as well as the related tax planning.

Trust and Estate Administration and Litigation
Locke Lord attorneys have substantial experience in trust and estate administration. We offer general representation on fiduciary, investment product and operational matters to individual and institutional trustees, including trust companies and trust divisions. We advise trustees on their fiduciary duties related to trust administration, as well as advising trust and estate beneficiaries on their rights and remedies.

Our attorneys continue to plan for family harmony and wealth transfer even after the death of a client. We also counsel clients regarding elections on employee benefits, disclaimer planning, income taxes associated with trusts and estates and the myriad of other issues which arise after a death in the family.

We represent trustees and beneficiaries in estate and trust litigation, institute legal actions to modify and terminate irrevocable trusts and render general advice to trustees. Our attorneys are experienced in the most difficult trust and estate interpretation, administration and contest issues, and we are proficient in arranging for the collection of assets and handling of claims against estates and trusts.

We also have substantial experience in both instituting and defending guardianship proceedings.

Fellow - American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

R Bruce LaBoon
Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell LLP
100 Congress Ave #300
Austin TX 78701
Tel: 512 305-4865
Fax: 512 305-4800
E-mail: laboon@lockelord.com

Practice Areas
* Administrative and Regulatory
* Bank Regulatory and Transactions
* Health Care
* Mergers and Acquisitions
* Public Law and Governmental Affairs
* Real Estate and Finance
* Real Estate Transactions and Finance
* Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) Group

Bruce LaBoon has been practicing in corporate, banking, and public law for over forty years, and has offices in both Houston and Austin. He has extensive experience representing corporate clients in legislative, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory matters. Mr. LaBoon has also represented clients regarding proposed legislation and public companies in defense of unsolicited tender offers. In December 2005, he was recognized for representing “the very best of the legal profession, exemplified through 30 years of practice in corporate, banking and public law” by the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the Board of Directors of Sterling Bancshares, Inc. and has previously served as a member of the Boards of Directors of JPMorgan Chase Bank, and its predecessor, Texas Commerce Bancshares (NYSE), Big Three Industries (NYSE) and Gamma Biologicals (AMEX).

In the community, Mr. LaBoon has held leadership positions with a number of prominent organizations, including the National American Red Cross Board of Governors, Texas Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Texas Christian University, The Nimitz Foundation, and the Board of Visitors of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center-University Cancer Foundation.
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