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Jeff Chadwick

Shareholder; Chair, Wealth Preservation Practice Group

Jeff Chadwick is chair of the Wealth Preservation Practice Group, and maintains an office in both Houston and The Woodlands.  Jeff focuses his practice on trust and estate planning for business owners, corporate executives, professional athletes, and other high net worth individuals and families.  He strives to provide innovative and practical solutions to a wide range of legal matters, including wealth transfer planning, trust and estate administration, business formation and succession, asset protection, charitable giving, and premarital planning.

Jeff is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and a frequent speaker at estate planning seminars around the country.  Jeff previously served on the Texas Trust Code Committee, where he monitored trust issues in Texas and drafted legislation for inclusion in the Texas Trust Code.

Representative Experience

  • Design and prepare core estate planning documents, including wills, revocable trust agreements, and medical and financial powers of attorney
  • Advise executors, trustees, and beneficiaries regarding the funding, administration, taxation, and distribution of estates and trusts
  • Design, implement, and monitor transfer tax minimization strategies, including gifts to family trusts, installment sales to grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs), and irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs)
  • Help entrepreneurs, energy executives, and other clients shift new investment opportunities, corporate stock, and other appreciating assets to their family members in a tax-efficient manner
  • Assist families with the formation of limited partnerships and limited liability companies to own and manage family farms, ranchland, mineral interests, vacation residences, and other family assets
  • Design and implement business succession plans for families and key employees
  • Prepare, review, and negotiate premarital agreements
  • Counsel clients relocating to Texas with regard to their estate planning and marital property matters
  • Help professional athletes, celebrities, politicians, and other public figures protect their privacy through the anonymous acquisition of personal residences and other assets
  • Assist clients making anonymous charitable donations and political contributions
  • Structure charitable gifts in a tax-efficient manner, including the creation and qualification of charitable trusts and private foundations
  • Prepare and review federal gift tax returns (IRS Forms 709) and federal estate tax returns (IRS Forms 706)
  • Obtain private letter rulings from the IRS on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax matters
  • Assist trustees with judicial and non-judicial modifications to irrevocable trusts through techniques such as trust decanting, trust combinations, and trust divisions
  • Counsel corporate trustees, trust departments, and family offices regarding general administrative matters