Core Values


As trusted advisers, we strive to provide peace of mind to clients by offering solutions in the midst of challenges and uncertainty. We do this through our commitment to our Firm’s five Core Values.


One of the principal values to which we aspire is to authentically connect with our clients and other professionals. That connection springs out of a fundamental respect for each person with whom we work.  In our communication, we try to listen and discern the needs of those we serve.  We respond to their issues in a time and manner that meets those needs. When this level of relationship is forged and the result is achieved, our clients gain an immediate peace of mind.


There is no such thing as a “one-size fits all” solution to people’s planning needs. We examine each client’s unique financial, family and business situation and listen to their goals in order to understand where they are and what they hope to accomplish. Our process assists our clients in identifying known and unknown issues they face, and weighing the many alternatives that may be available to them. To accomplish their goals and address their unique circumstances, we employ a variety of tools. Whether our client is a business owner, an owner of extensive real estate holdings, or simply wanting to ensure that their assets properly pass to their descendants, we are equipped to provide solutions that are uniquely-tailored to each person, business, or family.


Our attorneys have over 70 years of experience in helping individuals, families, and businesses design strategic planning decisions. William L. Dismuke is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate law, and Tax law.  J. Michael Waters, Jr. is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the areas of Commercial Real Estate law, as well as Residential Real Estate law.  Our extraordinary combination of experience and expertise enhances the value of analysis and advice our clients receive. We remain committed to being a client-centered, results-oriented firm that takes pride in its ability to reach creative, thoughtful and effective solutions for the benefit of our clients.


Utilizing our expertise and experience, our lawyers have the unique ability to take the complexity facing our clients and transform each unique situation into an enabling and empowering structure. Although the varied goals of our clients may oftentimes compete with each other, we work to balance those competing aspirations in the most effective manner for each unique situation. Frequently solutions can be developed using just a few legal tools. Although our practice is filled with complicated language and formulas, we take the time required to explain the law, available alternatives, and the legal documents to ensure that the chosen solution is clear and understood.


We live in a world that is more interconnected than at any point in our history. In today’s global environment, a single decision may not only span multiple continents, but it may also impact a multitude of important areas in a person’s life.  For this reason, it is important for our clients to have ready-access to professional advisers who have the breadth and depth of knowledge to recognize these multifaceted issues, and who are able to offer innovative and time-tested solutions to these challenges. Our lawyers have purposefully positioned themselves so that we can utilize our shared expertise in a way that allows clients to make well-informed decisions across the various disciplines that may be forever impacted.