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RICHARD C. SHANKS


Born on October 5, 1953, Rick has been a Texas resident since he was six years old. He practices in Tax Law, Probate Law, Estate Planning, Business Organization and Business Planning.

Education

  • BA - University of Texas – Accounting – 1975 (Summa Cum Laude)
  • JD - University of Texas - 1978
  • Managing Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Board Certified – Tax Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Experience

  • Butler & Binion 1975 – 1984 Associate
  • Andrews & Kurth 1984 – 1987 Associate
  • Brown McCarroll (& predecessors) 1987 – 1997 Partner
  • Richard C. Shanks, P.C. March 1, 1997 - April 30, 2003
  • Shanks & Earley, L.L.P. May 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004
  • The Shanks Law Firm May 1, 2003 - Present

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas - Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association - Probate, Trusts & Estates Section

Admitted to Practice in the following Jurisdictions

  • State Bar of Texas - 1978
  • U.S. Tax Court - 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas - 1991

Community Activities

  • West University Rotary Club
  • Sunday School Teacher – St. Pauls United Methodist Church

Articles / Books

  • Family Limited Partnership
  • A Brief Overview of Estate Planning
  • Myths of Estate Planning
  • Planning Techniques for Business Owners
  • Estate Planning with Asset Protection Benefits

Seminars

  • The Estate Tax Trap of Company Retirement Plans
  • New Wrinkles in Corporate Planning
  • A Brief Comparison of the Old Prudent Men Rule with the Prudent Investor Rule
  • Planning For the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Fighting the Good Fight: Keeping Our Clients Out of Trouble With The IRS

Hobbies

  • Running Marathons
  • Wine Collecting, Comic Books and Coins