Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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National Tier 1, Trusts & Estates Law
Metropolitan Tier 1, Dallas/Fort Worth
Trusts & Estates Law
Metropolitan Tier 2, Houston
Trusts & Estates Law
Gardere’s trust administration and estate planning attorneys provide sophisticated counsel to clients on strategies for planning the accumulation, management and transfer of wealth, while maintaining an understanding of the personal nature of this practice. We are knowledgeable and up-to-date on the laws concerning estate planning and the administration of estates and trusts. Our team is also skilled in the complicated state and federal laws governing will and trust litigation and tax controversies.
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Estate Planning requires a careful weighing of personal and family goals against the fulfillment of legal, financial and tax requirements. Our team is expert in assisting clients with all forms of estate planning, from traditional estate planning techniques – wills and revocable trusts – to the most advanced level of tax-saving strategies – family limited partnerships, grantor retained annuity trusts and sales to defective grantor trusts.
In addition, we are a full-service law firm with extensive experience representing corporations and other businesses. Therefore, our estate planning attorneys are expert in assisting business owners with their estate planning needs from strategies for transition events in the business – sales or initial public offerings – to succession planning for a business owner’s death or retirement. We also provide counsel on techniques for charitable giving, such as private foundations, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts.
Our team of attorneys is skilled in providing guidance to executors and trustees in all aspects of their fiduciary responsibilities. Our experience in estate and trust administration services, coupled with our experience with the local courts and tax authorities, is designed to streamline and simplify what otherwise might be a very difficult and time-consuming process for our clients.
We represent executors in the administration of estates and can provide assistance with the required legal and tax work associated with administering a large estate. We represent beneficiaries of estates and trusts who want legal advice during the administration. Our team also represents existing trusts and their trustees, providing guidance to the trustee so that taxes are reduced, trust assets are preserved, and the intent of the trust grantors and needs of the trust beneficiaries are effectively served over time.
Our team has experience in handling contested and complex trust and estate matters. Representation includes defense of executors and trustees in proceedings challenging the manner in which they have administered an estate or trust. We are also experienced in representing beneficiaries of substantial trusts and estates in litigation seeking to assert their rights in response to acts or omissions by fiduciaries. Furthermore, we have extensive experience representing clients in tax controversies.
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