Congress approved and the President signed into law a massive tax reform package, which took effect on January 1, 2018. Part of this tax bill increases the estate and gift tax exemptions to $11,400,000 per person in 2019 (indexed for inflation). Barring future legislation, these higher exemptions will remain in place through 2025, then decrease by approximately half in 2026. Given the tax bill, estate plans may need to be updated or revised. As always, our clients are invited to contact us to discuss how these latest tax developments might affect their individual planning.
For over forty years, FizerBeck has excelled in helping individuals and families preserve, manage and protect their personal and business assets. Since our founding in 1979, our practice has focused on estate planning, administration and probate law, business organizations and transactions, real estate transactions, tax exempt organizations and charitable planning.
In 1979, Don E. Fizer along with Roger Q Beck and Ronald S. Webster left Fulbright & Jaworski to start what has become FizerBeck. Don, Roger and Ron wanted a firm that was small, specialized, and focused. As Don described the firm, it is “one that can provide high-quality legal service in a small-firm environment, allowing the firm to give clients the close, personal attention they deserve.” Barton R. Bentley joined the firm in 1983, bringing a real estate and business practice that complemented the firm’s existing practice areas.
Since our founding, FizerBeck has excelled in helping individuals and families preserve, manage and protect their personal and business assets. Our practice has focused on Estate Planning & Administration, Business, Real Estate, and Tax Exempt Organizations & Charitable Planning.
Although the firm has grown over the years, we have remained focused on these specific practice areas. Unfortunately, Don passed away in 2011, but his legacy at FizerBeck continues. FizerBeck continues to provide high-quality legal service in a small firm environment giving our clients the close, personal attention they deserve.
We are fortunate to have in our firm lawyers of exceptional talent. Many of us are Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, hold advanced degrees and/or are members of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Some of us are certified public accountants; others have served as adjunct professors at local law schools. Many of us write extensively, speak frequently at business meetings and professional seminars, and have been recognized as outstanding practitioners by our peers and other groups. Together, we form a team of seasoned professionals who seek to add value to every client engagement.
By remaining focused on specific areas, we have developed a sophisticated, high-quality practice that allows us to offer knowledgeable, personal advice. Our success is tied directly to our small-firm environment, and we have consciously set out to create a friendly, informal atmosphere in our office. This atmosphere encourages a high degree of interaction and results in attentive, timely and efficient service.
Given the often technical and complex nature of our work, the firm places a high priority on exceptional communication skills. We take time to listen to clients and understand each individual’s situation. We strive to explain legal matters in non-technical, everyday language.