General Areas of Practice
Real estate is a heavily regulated and oftentimes arcane area of law. I can help you reach your destination in whatever aspect of the transaction that you require, from the city's entitlement process to securing the right property for development or personal use.
wills, trusts, & estates
Estate planning ensures that the maximum amount of a person's assets are preserved and smoothly transferred in the event of incapacity or death. For most, a will is the most effective estate planning tool, and having a will greatly reduces the burden of administrating the estate after death. In some situations, appropriate trusts can also be used to minimize taxes and maximize estate value.
From entity formation to contract drafting and review, attorneys drive value for businesses in several ways. Reducing exposure to legal liability is often the first to come to mind, but attorneys also help ensure that the contracts through which a business operates are drafted to take advantage of every opportunity to increase profits and protect against unexpected shocks.
Probate is the process by which a purported will is "proved" in court to be the valid will of the deceased. Once a will is probated, the executor may begin administering the estate by paying creditors and distributing assets to the heirs. An attorney guides the client through the probate process, advising which courses of action are most efficient and will best preserve the value of the estate.
John O. Scott is an attorney licensed to practice law in Texas. He is a graduate of both The University of Texas School of Law and Texas A&M University. After working as a corporate finance and transactional attorney in the Metroplex, he and his family decided to move a few hours west to the area where he is from and where his family still farms and ranches. His wife, Amanda, is a CPA, and they live near Abilene with their two children, Laura and James.
Education & Affiliations
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SCHOOL OF LAW
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
B.S. Applied Mathematics
MEMBERSHIPS / ACTIVITIES
• Texas State Bar, Member
• Abilene Bar Association, Member
• Abilene Downtown Association, Member
• Board of Governors, Abilene Philharmonic
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Rates & Fees
Depending on the matter, I offer an hourly rate, a flat fee, or a combination - whatever is appropriate to best fit your budget and limit your costs. All expenses are discussed upfront and approved by you before any work is begun. I only work for as long as a matter requires, so you’ll never be over-billed for unproductive time.
☎ (325) 665-5289
3409 S. 14th, Ste. 202
Abilene, TX 79605
Though my office is located in Abilene, I regularly work with clients throughout the Big Country and as far east as Weatherford and Fort Worth. I often meet with clients away from my office and at a location that is convenient for them.