Thomas C. Baird

(254) 743-7310

Thomas C. Baird

Thomas Baird is a founding shareholder of Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, P.C. He leads the firm’s Estate Planning, Business Entities, Family Business Succession Planning, and Real Estate practices.

  • Juris Doctor, 1977
    University of Texas
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1975
    Texas Tech University
Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning, Wealth Transfer & Asset Protection
  • Business & Tax Planning
  • Probate & Guardianship
  • Real Estate

Special Designations
  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning & Probate Law, Residential Real Estate Law, Commercial Real Estate Law and Farm & Ranch Real Estate Law
  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • “SuperLawyer” designation by Thomson Reuters Services each year since 2003
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers of America” in the specialty of Trusts & Estates since 2007 by BL Rankings

Representative Experience
  • Represents numerous estates and trusts in probate matters, administration of estates, and filing of gift and estate tax returns
  • Represents extremely wealthy families in multi-generational business, estate, and succession planning, including the use of intentionally defective grantor trusts and other advanced estate planning techniques
  • Represents numerous business owners in sale and disposition of
    business assets
  • Extensive experience in the formation of all types of business entities, including limited partnerships, limited liability companies (including Series LLCs), S-Corporations, C-Corporations, non-profit entities and mergers and conversions of various entities
  • Represents real estate developers in commercial development, retail development, and residential development
  • Represents commercial construction companies
  • Represents owners of ranches and undeveloped tracts in real estate transactions
  • Represents title companies in a wide range of title issues
  • Represents 1031 exchange company and buyers and sellers in 1031 transactions
  • Extensive experience in the preparation of loan documents and closing of sophisticated real estate and other financial transactions
  • Extensive planning experience using retirement plans as alternative investments, including in real estate and other non-traditional investments
  • Retained as expert witness on several occasions on issues involving estate planning and trusts, probate, fiduciary issues, conflicts of interest, limited partnership and limited liability companies, and real estate matters

Professional Activities, Affiliations & Awards
Community Involvement