Robert J. McGuire

Attorney in Dallas, TX
Robert McGuire's practice involves not only estate planning, beginning with the basic husband and wife estate plan, but also includes more sophisticated marital or family estate tax saving planning, including trusts and family limited partnerships. The estate administration aspect of his practice covers all levels of litigation in probate and other courts, including all forms of adversary proceedings from Will contests, to defending estates and fiduciaries or advancing beneficiary, creditor or third-party claims. Robert's litigation background lends a unique perspective to his estate planning technique that essentially embodies the proverb that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. He is highly responsive to handling those estate planning issues that can be sensitive in nature, and his probate litigation experience serves to provide a practical aspect to his client's estate planning needs.

Robert is certified as a Guardian Ad Litem. He received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984 and a B.A., cum laude from the University of Dallas in 1981.

Representative Experience

•Assisted hundreds of clients in formulating estate plans which eliminate the potential for estate taxes and provide for asset management and protection
•Created wealth preservation life insurance trusts which can assist heirs as a source of payment of estate taxes
•Assisted in the creation of tax saving family limited partnerships
•Assisted in the creation of the testamentary foundation, which can enable the client to create a legacy that supports ideals consistent with his or her philosophical, moral and philanthropical motives

•Successfully represented both Will proponents and contestants in Will contests
•Effectively advocated on behalf of hundreds of personal representatives in estate administrations facing problems ranging from creditor issues to challenges raised by both beneficiaries and third parties
•Enforced the rights of creditors and beneficiaries in estate proceedings
•Effectively defended the actions of fiduciaries

•Assisted hundreds of clients with divorce, as well as pre-marital and post-marital property agreements


•Jesuit College Preparatory School Planned Giving Committee, Member, 2005 to present
•St. Monica Catholic School Endowment Trust, Trustee, 2000-2006


Estate Taxes and You, Dallas Business Journal, May 28, 2004

Representative Clients

•South Texas College of Law
•Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

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Areas of Law

  • Wills, Probate, Estate Planning and Estate Litigation


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    Admission Details

    Admitted in 1984, Texas
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

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  • Law School Attended

    The University of Texas School of Law
    Class of 1984

    University Attended

    University of Dallas
    Class of 1981
    cum laude

    Associations & Memberships

    MemberCollege of the State Bar of Texas
    •Coastal Bend Bar Association, Past President, 1991
    •Dallas Bar Association (Member Probate Section)
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    Representative Cases

    Representative Experience; Estate Planning Assisted hundreds of clients in formulating estate plans which eliminate the potential for estate taxes and provide for asset management and protection; Created wealth preservation life insurance trusts which can assist heirs as a source of payment of estate taxes; Assisted in the creation of tax saving fa... More

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    Robert J. McGuire
    Renaissance Tower 1201 Elm Street, Suite 1700,
    Dallas, TX 75270

    Maintains an office in multiple locations

    Godwin Lewis PC (Dallas, Texas)

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