Laurel Smith focuses her practice on wills, trusts, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation, as well as estate and trust administration. When a loved one becomes incapacitated or passes away, navigating the complicated world of probate can seem daunting. This can be especially true when family members do not all agree on how to handle the many issues that arise from these situations. Hiring an attorney to assist is extremely important and can relieve much of the burden that accompanies these matters. Laurel provides assistance with independent and dependent estate administration, trust administration, and represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in contested litigation that includes both the prosecution and defense of such claims.
Prior to her entry into the legal profession, Laurel worked in the medical field in an IVF laboratory to assist patients with having children. This work not only gave Laurel a unique perspective on very private issues that families face, but has enabled her to interact with clients in personal and empathetic way. Laurel’s passion for helping clients is highlighted by her goal to assist clients in achieving the maximum benefits from their case in a cost-effective manner. In her free time, Laurel loves spending time with her husband and daughter, reading, and playing the piano.
JD, South Texas College of Law, 2018
BA, Psychology, Texas A&M University College Station, 2011
Probate Litigation and Administration
Guardianship Issues and Litigation
PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS
Co-Author, Guardianships – What Do You Do When Your Client Is Not All There? Presented at the State Bar of Texas 44th Annual Advanced Family Law Course, August 13 – 16, 2018
Co-Author, Tortious Interference with Inheritance: Dead or In a Temporary Coma? Presented at the State Bar of Texas 12th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, November 30 – December 1, 2017
ADMISSIONS & AFFILIATIONS
State Bar of Texas, 2019
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Daughters of the American Revolution