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Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.

901 Main Street, Suite 3700
Dallas, TX 75202

Phone: (214) 744-3700
Fax: (214) 747-3732
Toll Free: (800) 451-0093

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Eric D. Marchand

Eric is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Eric’s expertise is focused on designing and implementing documents to accomplish his clients’ objectives regarding the disposition of their estate, while simultaneously taking maximum advantage of the credits and exemptions provided under the Internal Revenue Code for federal estate and gift taxes. 

Eric’s practice also involves general business planning, including counseling clients with respect to the establishment, reorganization, operation and tax reporting requirements of their business and related transactions.  Primary emphasis is placed on the most tax efficient manner of transferring business interests to family members while also providing second (and third) generations with the best chance of family business continuance.

In the area of probate law, Eric represents executors in the administration and settlement of estates, in addition to preparing estate and inheritance tax returns on both the federal and state level.

Eric served on the law faculty at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where he taught Estate Planning and Practice in the Spring of 2017 and 2018.

Eric was admitted to practice in Texas in 1999.

Texas Board of Legal Specialization – Estate Planning and Probate Law
Best Lawyers 2022

  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2000
  • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1999
    • Associate Editor and Staff Writer, St. Mary's Law Journal
    • Authored, "Splitting the Atom or Splitting Hairs—The Hate Crimes
  • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., 1996
    • Member, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Member, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
  • American Bar Association
    • Tax, and Real Estate and Probate Sections
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Tax, and Real Estate and Probate Sections
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
    • Tax, and Probate Trusts and Estates Sections
  • Dallas Estate Planning Council
  • Estate Planning Council of North Texas
  • The Dallas Foundation
    • Member, Advisory Council
  • Dallas A&M Club
  • Community Foundation of Texas
    • Member, Advisory Council
  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, Adjunct Law Professor, Estate Planning and Probate, Spring 2017-2018
  • Texas Rising Stars, as published in Texas Monthly and in Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition and on the web at superlawyers.com, 2014
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021-2023, Trusts and Estates
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2020-2022 (Tax: Trust & Estates)
November 1, 2022

24th Annual Meadows Collier Taxation Conference... [ read ]

August 24, 2021

2021 (MPMG) Metroplex Practice Management Group... [ read ]

March 25, 2021

TXCPA Dallas March 2021 CPE Session... [ read ]

August 25, 2020

Metroplex Practice Management Group (MPMG) Webinar... [ read ]

November 5, 2019

21st Annual Meadows Collier Tax Conference... [ read ]

May 22, 2019

Central Texas Chapter/TXCPA CPE Expo... [ read ]

January 25, 2019

Tax Law in a Day sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Tax Section... [ read ]

July 26, 2018

Merrill Lynch - The PSO Group Educational Series... [ read ]

December 5, 2017

TSCPA CPE Expo- San Antonio... [ read ]

November 30, 2017

Speaking at TSCPA CPE Expo... [ read ]

November 7, 2017

First Bank & Trust in Lufkin, TX... [ read ]

November 3, 2017

EDM Speaking Engagement - TSCPA 2017 Business Valuation, Forensic & Litigation Services Conf. in Houston, TX... [ read ]

June 23, 2017

State B ar of Texas Tax Section Annual Meeting... [ read ]

May 4, 2017

Texas Association of CPAs... [ read ]

November 9, 2016

First Bank & Trust Seminar... [ read ]

October 25, 2016

18th Annual Meadows Collier Tax Conference... [ read ]

May 13, 2016

TBA's Intermediate Trust & Estate Administration Seminar... [ read ]

November 3, 2015

2015 Meadows Collier Taxation Conference... [ read ]

May 7, 2014

"Is Estate Planning Still Necessary?"... [ read ]

May 22, 2013

"You've Won the Lottery - Now What?"... [ read ]

October 19, 2022

IRS Confirms 2023 Indexed Amounts... [ read ]

Our wealth transfer tax system provides taxpayers with exclusions from certain taxes. These exemptions are adjusted annually; the amount of the adjustment is tied to the Consumer Price Index. The IRS has published the 2023 indexed amounts.

September 19, 2022

When Inflation Isn't All Bad?... [ read ]

Our wealth transfer tax system provides taxpayers with exclusions from certain taxes. These exemptions are adjusted annually; the amount of the adjustment is tied to the Consumer Price Index...

November 9, 2021

Defined Valued Transfer - How the Taxpayers Got it Wrong... [ read ]

On November 3, 2021, the Fifth Circuit issued its opinion in Nelson v. Commissioner and unanimously affirmed the opinion of the Tax Court in favor of the IRS.

June 4, 2021

Because 130 Years Isn't Long Enough... [ read ]

Under Texas law, a non-charitable trust may not last forever. Historically, a Texas trust was required to vest, "not later than 21 years after some life in being at t he time of creation of the interest, plus a period of gestation".

November 8, 2019

Inflation-Adjusted 2020 Unified Estate and Gift Tax Exclusion Amounts... [ read ]

It just keeps getting better for wealthy individuals! The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the inflation-adjusted estate and gift tax exclusion amount for 2020.

September 28, 2016

An "Unnecessary" QTIP Election May Not be Disregarded for Portability Purposes... [ read ]

In recently issued Revenue Procedure 2016-49, the Service has confirmed that both a QTIP election and a portability election may be made on the same estate tax return, thereby maximizing exemption planning and flexibility in your estate plan. This new guidance was issued to clarify a gray area posed by Revenue Procedure 2001-38 whereby a QTIP election could possibly be void where the executor also makes a portability election.