Firm News

Congratulations to our 14 Fort Worth Magazine’s 2017 Top Attorneys: David C. Bakutis, Marvin E. Blum, Kandice R. Damiano, Laura L. Haley, Beth Hampton, Amanda L. Holliday, John R. Hunter, Dyann McCully, Kory W. Nelson, Amy E. Ott, Julie A. Plemons, Gary V. Post, and Rachel W. Saltsman.

Dyann McCully has been chosen for the State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Guardianship Code Committee Member and the Fiduciary Litigation Course Planning Committee.

Trusts & Estates magazine announced that Marvin E. Blum has been named the winner of the Trusts & Estates 2017 Distinguished Author award in the Thought Leadership category.

On October 11, 2017, Marvin E. Blum will be honored at the 2017 Executive Forum and Industry Awards gala at The Plaza hotel in New York City. The Wealth Industry Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the wealth management industry. Read the complete press release here.

Marvin E. Blum and David C. Bakutis were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.

Marvin E. Blum was interviewed on the STA Wealth Management Money Hour radio show discussing estate planning ideas and the coming tax reform. Click here to listen to the interview.

R. Dyann McCully was interviewed by the Star Telegram in an article titled, “What to do When an Elderly Neighbor Needs a Guardian.” Click Here to Read the Article.


Recent White Papers & Publications

“New Tax Act: Save Income Taxes Through Business Restructuring” by Marvin Blum. CLICK HERE to read about the “pass-through deduction” and if it is right for you.

Read about the Family Advancement Sustainability Trust (the “FAST”) “A FAST Solution to Legacy Planning” by Marvin E. Blum, Gary V. Post, and Thomas Rogerson, Trusts & Estates magazine (December 2017).

Would you like additional information about FAST? CLICK HERE to register and listen to Trusts & Estates archive webinar with Marvin, Gary, and Thomas discussing the nuts and bolts of the FAST.

“Digital Assets Clauses For Will or Trust Agreement” by Douglas J. Paul and Emily R. Franco, Drafting Notes, Practical Law Trusts & Estates Journal (Winter Edition 2017).

“Trust FAQs: Ask an Estate Planner” by Brandye L. Brown and Julie S. Harris, Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association (December 2017).

“Filling in the Gaps: Create a “Red File” for Clients to Cover Issues Beyond Traditional Estate Planning” by Marvin E. Blum, Trusts & Estates magazine (February 2017).

“The End of Valuation Discounts for Family-Owned Discounts” (2016)

“Squeeze, Freeze, and Burn: Estate Planning With 678 Trusts” by Marvin E. Blum (2016).

“Hit by the Bus – Who’s Next if the Business Owner Dies?” by Marvin E. Blum, FW Inc. magazine, July-August, 2016.

“Using Trusts to Hand Down Retirement Assets” by Amy E. Ott, FW Inc. magazine, February, 2016.

“Changing the Playbook-How to Prepare Heirs for What’s Coming” by Marvin E. Blum, Trusts & Estates magazine, February, 2016.

“I enjoyed your article in the latest edition of Trusts & Estates. It should be required reading for anyone who is wealthy and in the process of planning their estate. If it were, we could have probably avoided a number of unpleasant family squabbles.”  Wm. J. Hudspeth, Jr., Austin Trust Company

Upcoming and Recent Speeches

June 13, 2018: Dyann McCully will be speaking at the Advanced Estate Planning and Probate 2018 Conference, “Management Trusts from Start to Finish” (Dallas, Texas).

March 2, 2018: Dyann McCully will be speaking at the Texas Tech University Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal CLE & Expo, “Suing the Bond Company When a Guardian Mismanages Estate Funds.” CLICK HERE for brochure.

January 21, 2018: Marvin E. Blum spoke at the Annual Meeting of “Forum 400” in New Orleans, “Marketing Opportunities Under the New Tax Act.” CLICK HERE for content.

December 1, 2017: Dyann McCully at the 12th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course in San Antonio, “Suing and Collecting on Bonds for Breaches by Administrators and Guardians.”