Moorman Tate Haley Upchurch & Yates, LLP PROVIDING QUALITY LEGAL SERVICES TO CLIENTS ACROSS TEXAS SINCE 1954 979-836-5664
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R. Hal Moorman

Hal Moorman tries cases to the court and juries in personal injury, contract, commercial, condemnation, deceptive trade practice, will contests, contested trust and probate matters, oil and gas, and other areas of law in state district and county courts and federal courts. He represents clients in alternate dispute resolution, including both arbitration and mediation. He participated in contested case hearings as a member of the Texas Air Control Board, the former Texas agency responsible for regulating air pollution in Texas.

Mr. Moorman plans estates ranging in size from modest estates to estates in excess of $100 million. He counsels numerous clients in estate planning and probate matters. This includes preparing complex wills, containing provisions for testamentary trusts, marital deduction trusts, generation skipping trusts, life insurance, and powers of appointment (both general and special). He also prepares estate (Form 706) and gift (Form 709) tax returns. He represents clients before the IRS in audits and obtaining private letter rulings. He has helped clients establish family limited partnerships, corporations, private foundations, charitable trusts, limited liability companies, revocable and irrevocable trusts, pourover wills, insurance trusts, Crummey trusts, durable general and health care powers of attorney, buy-sell agreements, directives to physicians, and guardianship designations. He has successfully counseled clients in transferring family businesses from one generation to the next. He tries will contests and contested guardianships as well as other contested probate proceedings to juries and judges. He prepares qualified income trusts, special needs trust and advises clients on Medicaid qualification.

Distinctions

  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Frequent Continuing Legal Education Speaker and Lecturer
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2001-2016 in the fields of Litigation, Trusts & Estates (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) 
  • Recognized in the 2003-2016 Texas Super Lawyers list in Estate Planning & Probate, by Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business 
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2013 Houston area Litigation, Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year" (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization: Board Member: 2010-2016; Chairman: 2014 - 2016
  • Examiner: Estate Planning & Probate Specialization Exam - 1998-2001; wrote and graded one-fourth of the exam lawyers take to become board certified
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel: Fellow, Regent, and Past Texas State Chair
  • District 8A Grievance Committee - State Bar of Texas - Chair: 2001-2002; Member: 1996-2002

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, 1971
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D., cum laude, 1976

Educational Achievements

  • Southern Methodist University:
  • Associate Editor Journal of Air Law and Commerce
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Order of the Coif
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Significant Legal Scholarship
  • Five American Jurisprudence Awards for highest grade point average in the class
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: President and Scholarship Chairman
  • Delta Tau Delta Fraternity
  • Inter-Fraternity Conference Community Relations Chairman
  • Brenham High School: Valedictorian
  • President - Student Council

Court Admissions

  • Texas State Courts
  • U. S. District Courts:  Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Memberships

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Association for Justice, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Motor Vehicle Litigation Sections
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • American Bar Association, Litigation, Tort and Insurance, Real Property, Probate & Trust, Taxation Sections; and Estate & Gift Tax Committee;
  • State Bar of Texas, Litigation, Construction, Taxation, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections; State Bar College
  • Washington County Bar Association, Past President
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society

Community Involvement

  • Baylor Scott & White - Brenham, Board Member
  • Brenham Main Street Board, Past Board Member
  • Brenham Downtown Association, Past President
  • MIT Education Council, Member and Past Class Secretary - Class of 1971 (1976-2006)
  • Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Past President
  • Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park Association, Past President
  • Texas Air Control Board, Past Board Member (former Texas agency responsible for regulation of air pollution in Texas)
  • Winedale Council, Past Board Member
  • Washington County United Way, Past Board Member
  • Brenham Gun & Rod Club, Past Board Member
  • Brenham Rotary Club
  • Brenham Christian Academy, Past Board Chairman
  • Brenham Main Street Historical Preservation, Inc., (President, 2014)

Partner

Practice Emphasis

  • Civil Trial
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Will Contests
  • Trust Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Business Organization Formation and Succession Planning

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Testimonials

Phone:  (979) 836-5664 Ext. 5613
hmoorman@moormantate.com

      (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc. Aiken, SC)