Overview

Barbara Ferguson focuses her practice on estate and income tax planning and probate law, marital property law, fiduciary administration, and charitable planned giving. Her experience includes drafting wills and trust agreements for individuals, obtaining and maintaining federal and state tax exemptions for private foundations, business trust arrangements, family business planning, probate and administration of decedents' estates, and probate court litigation. She is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Representative Experience

  • Planning and implementation of wealth transfers to family members and charities using testamentary and lifetime vehicles (including wills and various types of trusts and other arrangements) for families worth less than $100,000 to more than $1 billion
  • Reformation, modification, construction, and termination of irrevocable trusts through state court proceedings
  • Administrative aspects of federal tax law, including obtaining private letter rulings and technical advice
  • Trust and estate administration, including advising individual and corporate trustees and executors as to their fiduciary duties on various state law and federal tax matters, as well as preparation of estate tax and fiduciary income tax returns
  • Service as an expert witness in estate tax and fiduciary law disputes

Credentials

Education
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., with honors
  • University of Houston, B.S., with highest honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Memberships
  • Dallas Bar Association Probate Council, 2008-2009
  • Trusts & Estates magazine, Editorial Board Member, 2005-2017
  • The Dallas Foundation, Advisory Council
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates, 2006-2022
  • The Nation's Top 10 Trusts & Estates Lawyers, United States Lawyer Rankings, 2010-2016
  • Dallas Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White Inc., 2017
  • Chambers High Net Worth by Chambers and Partners, 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2003-2020
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Tax: Trusts & Estates, Probate: Trust & Estates), D Magazine, 2005, 2011-2013, 2018, 2021
  • Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2010
  • Best Personal Lawyers in Dallas (Trusts and Estates), D Magazine, 2009

Publications

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