Robert B. Stanfield

BIOGRAPHY

Robert B. Stanfield focuses his practice on estate and guardianship administration, estate planning, and probate and trust litigation. He assists clients in estate plans from the simple to the complex and has expertise in litigation regarding estates and guardianships. Robert represents corporations and individuals serving in fiduciary capacities in connection with trusts and estates.

Addressing the issues associated with estate planning and administration of probate estates in the context of blended families is an area of concentration for Robert’s practice.  Providing creative solutions to difficult family situations requires a greater degree of attention and overall effort but can be managed in an effective manner in most situations.

Robert began practicing in the areas of estate planning and probate law upon his graduation from the University of Houston Law Center in 1991 while working for a boutique firm specializing in probate and probate litigation.  From 1988 through 2004, Robert worked in the Trust Department for JPMorgan Chase Bank where he served as senior manager for a personal trust department responsible for administering trust accounts and estates while also serving as the Chairman of its Personal Trust Administrative Committee.  After leaving JPMorgan Chase Bank, Robert began working with the firm of Thompson & Knight until serving as an original founding partner in the firm of MacIntyre, McCulloch, Stanfield, & Young, L.L.P. in 2007.

Effective communication is the cornerstone of providing satisfactory client service.   Robert strives to meet all of his client’s needs in the most expedient and cost-effective manner possible.

In 1997, Robert became Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law as sanctioned by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

EDUCATION

University of Houston Law Center 
Doctor of Jurisprudence

Texas A & M University 
Bachelor of Science in Education, cum laude

ADMISSIONS

Board Certified – Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Law License, State Bar of Texas, 1991

 

 

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

Represent national and regional corporate fiduciaries in a multitude of matters including fiduciary litigation, trust modification proceedings and complex administration.

Represent individuals serving in various fiduciary roles, including, but not limited to Executors, Trustees and Guardians.

Represent individuals as beneficiaries of Estates and Trusts.

PRESENTATIONS & PUBLICATIONS

"Step-Monsters and Step-Kids" 
South Texas Wills and Probate Institute, 2013

"Techniques to Avoid Will Contests" 
Attorneys in Tax and Probate, 2012

"Introductions to Estate Planning" 
Presented to various civic and professional organizations, 2004-2013

"Issues and Procedures in Closing Estates" 
Wills and Probate Institute of the Houston Bar Association

"Preparing to Try a Will Contest" 
Co-authored with Joseph S. Horrigan for the Texas State Bar Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, 1994