Allen-Lottman-Kimmel A Professional Corporation

From their offices in Tyler, the experienced attorneys at Allen Lottmann Kimmel, P.C. provide individuals and families throughout East Texas with exceptional representation in the full range of estate planning matters.

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Firm Overview

At Allen Lottmann Kimmel, we are committed to helping people and businesses plan for the future, guiding them through difficult times when unexpected incidents arise, such as the loss of a loved one. We are a boutique law firm focusing on very specific areas of expertise, allowing us to provide the highest quality legal representation to each client we take on. Firm partners Michael D. Allen and Richard H. Lottmann possess more than a half-century of combined legal experience and have established a distinguished reputation in the local legal community. Mr. Allen is board-certified as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate law, and a fellow of American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a nonprofit organization comprised of the nation's premier trust and estate counselors. In addition, Mr. Allen is the recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent peer rating, signifying the highest levels of professional excellence and ethical standards.

We are dedicated to providing reliable, compassionate legal counsel to clients across East Texas. If you need assistance in an estate planning, probate, or related business or elder law matter, we can help. To schedule an appointment with one of our qualified lawyers, contact Allen Lottmann Kimmel, P.C., or call us at (903) 534-0006.
Main Office

Main Office
3805 Old Bullard Road
Tyler  TX  75701

Phone
  • 903-534-0006
Estate Planning
At Allen Lottmann Kimmel, we take a five-step approach to estate planning:
First, we invest the time necessary to thoroughly understand our client's financial affairs, family values, and planning objectives. Second, we encourage an advisory team approach which includes the client's accountants and investment advisors. Third, we provide an overview of appropriate estate planning strategies to minimize transfer taxes. Fourth, we utilize time-honored estate planning tools to enhance creditor protection and maximize control over family assets. Fifth, we carefully coordinate beneficiary designations to assets such as life insurance and retirement benefits with the overall estate plan.

Our estate planning attorneys prepare a range of individually tailored estate planning documents, including:

-Wills
-Revocable Living Trusts
-Exemption and Marital Trusts
-Advance Healthcare Directives/ Durable Medical Powers of Attorney
-Statutory Durable Powers of Attorney

Michael D. Allen

Firm partner Michael D. Allen has more than 30 years of legal experience, focusing his practice on estate planning, probate and estate administration, business formation, and business succession planning. Mr. Allen is a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate law, as certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In recognition of his work, Mr. Allen has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, listed in Best Lawyers in America, and selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers magazine on six separate occasions. In addition, national directory of attorneys Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him its AV Preeminent rating, indicating the highest levels of professionalism and ethical standards.

A Texan, Mr. Allen serves as a member of numerous professional organizations and regularly teaches seminars on various aspects of business succession and estate planning. He is a graduate of Austin College and the Southern Methodist University School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1976.

Bar Admissions
-Texas, 1976

Education
-J. D. - Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1976
-B.A. - Austin College, Austin, Texas, 1973

Classes/Seminars Taught
-Advanced Estate Planning: How Reasonable Minds Differ, 2011
-Advanced Drafting: Documenting Sales to Grantor Trusts, 2009
-Advanced Strategies: Advising in Hard Times & Changing Landscapes, 2009
-Advanced Drafting: Business Succession Drafting, 2008
-Advanced Estate Planning: Installment Sale Strategies, 2008
-Advanced Strategies: Planning Between Spouses' Deaths, 2008
-Advanced Strategies: Representing Dysfunctional Families, 2007
-ALI-ABA Course: Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner, Chicago, American Bar Association, 2006
-Advanced Estate Planning: Representing the Patriarch in Succession Planning, Houston, State Bar of Texas, 2006
-Advanced Strategies: Life & Death of an FLP, New Orleans, State Bar of Texas, 2005
-Advanced Charitable Planning: Enabling Donors to Express Dreams, Austin, State Bar of Texas, 2004
-Advanced Drafting: Limited Partnership Agreements, Dallas, State Bar of Texas, 2003
-Advanced Strategies: Course Director, San Antonio, State Bar of Texas, 2001
-ALI-ABA Course: Family Business Succession Strategies, Scottsdale & Boston, American Bar Association, 2001
-Tax Law Course: Closely Held Business Strategies, Houston, State Bar of Texas, 2000
-Advanced Strategies: Imagining the Future of Estate Planning, San Francisco, State Bar of Texas, 2000
-ALI-ABA Course: Motivating the Business Founder to Plan, San Francisco, American Bar Association, 2000
-Advanced Strategies: Sophisticated Solutions for Family Wealth Transfers, San Diego, State Bar of Texas, 1999
-Advanced Strategies: Family Business Succession Planning, Santa Fe, State Bar of Texas, 1998
-ABA Annual Conference: Estate Planning for Closely Held Businesses, Toronto, American Bar Association, 1998
-ALI-ABA Course: Business Succession Strategies, Boston, American Bar Association, 1997
-Advanced Strategies: Business Succession, Santa Fe, State Bar of Texas, 1996
-Advanced Drafting: Formula Gifts of LP Interests & Opportunity FLPs, State Bar of Texas, 1995

Honors and Awards
-"Texas Super Lawyer,"
-The Best Lawyers in America
-American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
-Member, Advisory Commission of Texas, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
-Member, College of State Bar
-Member, Texas Academy of Probate & Trust Lawyers
-Member, State Bar of Texas
-Member, Texas Bar Foundation
-Member, American Bar Association
-Past President, East Texas Estate Planning Council
-Past Council Member, Real Estate Probate & Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas
--Past Chair, Professionalism & Ethics Committee

Pro Bono Activities
-Director - Fourth Partner, Tyler, Texas
-Trustee - Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, Texas, 2001-2010
-Member - University of Texas at Austin, Planned Giving Advisory Council
-Trustee - Austin College, Sherman, Texas, Senior Board
-Director - East Texas Communities Foundation, President, 2002 - 2003
-Director - Texas Presbyterian Foundation 1994-2003, Development Chair, 1998 - 2003
Education
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1976

Richard H. Lottmann

Firm partner Richard H. Lottmann has more than 30 years of legal experience, focusing his practice on business formation, estate planning, probate and estate administration, contract preparation and review, will contests, trust and estate litigation, and mediation. Mr. Lottmann is admitted to practice in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts of the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. In recognition of his work, Mr. Lottman has been listed in Best Lawyers in America.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Mr. Lottmann attended Texas A & M University, graduating summa cum laude, and received his Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1980.

Bar Admissions
-Texas, 1980
-U.S. District Court, 1981
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas, 1981
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1981
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Texas, 1981
-U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas, 1981

Education
-J.D. - Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, 1980
-B.S. - Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, 1976, summa cum laude

Honor and Awards
-The Best Lawyers in America: Trust & Estates
-Professional Associations and Memberships
-East Texas Estate Planning Council (President 2005-2006)
-Smith County Bar Association (President 1994-1995
-State Bar of Texas
-American Bar Association
Education
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

Gregory T. Kimmel

Firm Partner Gregory T. Kimmel focuses his practice on business organizations, estate planning, elder law, probate and estate administration, trusts, and wills. In recognition of his work, national directory of attorneys MartindaTexas Estate Planning Councle-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Kimmel its coveted AV Preeminent rating, indicating the highest levels of professionalism and ethical standards. Mr. Kimmel is a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate law, as certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.A native of Tyler, Mr. Kimmel is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center and the University of Texas at Austin. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2001.

Bar Admissions
-Texas, 2001

Education
-J.D.- University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
-B.A. - University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
--Major: Biology

Honors and Awards
-Smith County Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2012
-Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, 2006-2007

Professional Associations and Memberships
-Director - East Texas Estate Planning Council
-Director - Smith County Bar Association
-State Bar of Texas
-American Bar Association
-National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

Pro Bono Activities
-Director - Cancer Foundation for Life
-Director - Hospice of East Texas
-Director - Better Business Bureau
-Director - The Children's Village

Presentations and Publications
-Smith County Bar Association: Advance Planning for End of Life Issues
-Co-Authored "Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Texans," Texas Young Lawyers Association
-The 2013 Family & Small Business Forum, University of Texas at Tyler: Strategies for a Successful Succession, 2013
Education
  • University of Houston Law Center
    Juris Doctorate
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