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Matthew S. Beard

Mr. Beard's practice spans two broad areas of taxation:  estate planning and probate and income tax and business planning.

In his estate planning and probate practice, Mr. Beard designs and implements estate and business succession plans with an emphasis on federal tax issues.  He often works closely with accountants, bankers and financial advisors in this process.  Mr. Beard also represents fiduciaries in all facets of estate and trust administration.  This typically includes court proceedings, tax matters, administration and transfer of assets, and matters before the IRS.  Mr. Beard is the author of "An Introductory Guide to Tax and Estate Planning," which provides an introduction to estate planning under Texas law and planning for federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.

On transactional matters, Mr. Beard advises clients with a focus on tax issues.  He works with a broad range of entities, such as partnerships, limited liability companies, and publicly traded "C" corporations.  Transactions include formations, acquisitions/mergers, and liquidations.  Mr. Beard is the author of "Annotated Tax Provisions for Limited Liability Companies," which includes tax provisions for company agreements with explanations of how the provisions operate and provide pass-through taxation.

Prior to joining the firm in 2012, he was an associate with one of the largest Texas-based law firms.

Mr. Beard was admitted to practice in Texas in November 2005. 

Education

  • LL.M. in Taxation, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 2006
  • J.D., Baylor University Law School, 2005
  • B.B.A., Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business, 2002 

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL)
    • Leadership Class, 2007-2008
  • Texas Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council 
  • Dallas Summer Musicals Associate Producers 
    • President, Board of Directors
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2009-2011
  • The Real Estate Council (TREC)
  • Fall Gala Committee, 2008 & 2011 

Teaching 

  • Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, Adjunct Law Professor, Federal Income Taxation, Spring 2014, 2015 and 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Rising Stars, as published in Texas Monthly and in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition and on the web at superlawyers.com, Tax-2017

Publications and Speaking Engagements 

  • Dallas Bar Association, Tax Section Luncheon, Dallas – 2/6/17
  • Tax Law in a Day, State Bar of Texas, Tax Section, Dallas – 2/3/16
  • "Symposium--What Estate and Trust Counsel Say about the Current State of Estates and Trusts" as published in Williamette Management Associates' Insights, Issue 106, Winter 2016.
  • 2012 LLCs, LPs and Partnerships sponsored by The University of Texas School of Law – 7/12/12
  • 14th Annual Meadows Collier Taxation Conference, Dallas – 10/30/12
  • Texas Academy of General Dentistry, Fort Worth – 4/17/13
  • Texas Bank and Trust Seminar, Tyler "Tax, Estate and Asset Protection Planning Following the American Tax Relief Act of 2012" – 5/1/13
  • Texas Bank and Trust Seminar, Longview "Tax, Estate and Asset Protection Planning Following the American Tax Relief Act of 2012" – 5/16/13
  • Central Texas Chapter/TSCPA CPE Expo, Waco "Tax, Estate and Asset Protection Planning Following the American Tax Relief Act of 2012" – 5/29/13
  • Panhandle Chapter/TSCPA Tax Institute, Amarillo, "Partnership Formation and Liquidation" – 8/14/13
  • "Annotated Tax Provisions for Limited Liability Companies," Partnership Tax Practice Series, Practising Law Institute (PLI), September 2013
  • Denton County Dental Society Study Club, Denton, "Tax and Estate Planning Following ATRA" – 10/8/13
  • Southwest Practice Management Group, Colorado Springs, CO, "Tax and Estate Planning Following the Portability Regulations and ATRA" and "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, and Other Key Tax Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 10/28/13
  • 15th Annual Meadows Collier Taxation Conference, Dallas, "Tax and Estate Planning Following the Portability Regulations and ATRA" – 10/29/13
  • ACPEN Partnerships & LLCs Update Broadcast, Dallas, "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, Basis and Other Key Tax Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 10/30/13
  • ACPEN Basic Tax Considerations for Individuals Broadcast, Dallas, "Estate and Trust Planning Following the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" – 11/13/13 
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council, San Antonio, "Tax and Estate Planning Following the Portability Regulations and The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" – 1/14/14
  • Corpus Christi Chapter/TSCPA 56th Annual Tax Conference, Corpus Christi, "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, and Other Key Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 1/29/14
  • American National Bank, Dallas, "Tax and Estate Planning Following the Portability Regulations and ATRA" – 1/30/14
  • Texas Association of CPAs, Dallas, "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, and Other Key Tax Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 6/6/14
  • TSCPA CPE Expo, Houston, "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, and Other Key Tax Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 12/5/14
  • TSCPA CPE Expo, San Antonio, "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, and Other Key Tax Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 12/9/14
  • TSCPA CPE Expo, Arlington, "Profit and Loss Allocations, Distributions, and Other Key Tax Provisions for Partnership Agreements" – 12/12/14
  • 17th Annual Meadows Collier Taxation Conference, Dallas – 11/3/15
  • 2015 TSCPA CPE Expo, Arlington, "Estate Planning Following the Final Portability Regulations and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" – 12/3/15
  • 2015 TSCPA CPE Expo, San Antonio, "Estate Planning Following the Final Portability Regulations and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" – 12/8/15
  • 2015 TSCPA CPE Expo, Houston, "Estate Planning Following the Final Portability Regulations and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012" – 12/11/15
  • Collaborative Law Dallas, "Tax Aspects of Divorce" – 7/20/16
  • 2016 Panhandle Tax Institute sponsored by the Panhandle Chapter/TSCPA, Amarillo, "Estate Planning Following the Final Portability Regulations and ATRA" – 8/25/16
  • 18th Annual Meadows Collier Taxation Conference, Dallas – 10/25/16
Matthew S. Beard
Matthew S. Beard
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  • fax (214) 747-3732
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