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Estate Planning & Tax Attorney Harry Wolff III Joins Cox Smith

August 11, 2014

Cox Smith, the largest law firm in San Antonio, today announced that attorney Harry Wolff III has joined the firm’s Estate Planning and Tax department.

Wolff has a deep understanding of estate planning and tax issues, including the implementation of wills and trust agreements, and reporting of sophisticated estate planning documents. He assists clients in the formation and use of family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and S corporations. He provides counsel on probate and estate administration matters in both taxable and non-taxable estates, the preparation and filing of transfer tax returns, the funding and administration of trusts and tax issues involving mineral interests and closely-held businesses. Also, he counsels clients on general tax matters, as well as the formation, operation and governance of nonprofit organizations.

In addition to his law firm work experience, Wolff previously served as a law clerk at an international oilfield services company, where he conducted research and drafted materials for matters related to U.S. anti-boycott, export controls and economic sanctions laws. He also served as a press assistant in the Office of the Press Secretary at the White House.

“I’ve known and respected many of Cox Smith’s attorneys and clients for years and am honored by the opportunity to work with them,” said Wolff. “Many of the firm’s clients are evaluating and implementing succession planning strategies, which is my area of focus. I look forward to working alongside the entire Cox Smith team to assist businesses and families as they evaluate their options and make strategic plans towards their futures.”

A native of San Antonio, Wolff is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M. in Taxation), University of Houston Law Center (J.D.) and The University of Texas at Austin (B.S. in Public Relations). He is a member of the State Bar of Texas (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section; Section of Taxation), American Bar Association (Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Section of Taxation) and Board of Governors of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council. Licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court, he was recognized by SA Scene magazine as a Rising Star (2013) and Best Lawyers in San Antonio (2011). He also served on the planning committee for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning Course 2014.

“Harry’s experience and knowledge will be a tremendous asset for our estate planning and tax departments. Many businesses are changing hands, closing or being sold as baby boomers leave the job market. It’s very important for them to transition correctly, with special attention paid to estate planning and tax issues, which are Harry’s areas of specialization,” said Joshua Sutin, head of Cox Smith’s Estate Planning and Tax department.