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Barton R. Bentley

Barton R. Bentley

2727 Allen Parkway
Suite 900
Houston, Texas 77019
United States

Telephone: 713-840-7710
Facsimile: 713-963-8469
Firm: Fizer Beck Webster Bentley & Scroggins
Practice Overview:
Practicing law in the Houston area since 1979, our attorneys provide quality legal service in estate planning, business, real estate, tax exempt organizations and charitable planning. Services include wealth transfer, wills, trusts, tax planning, business succession, formation and agreements, family offices, mergers and acquisitions, company agreements and bylaws, organizational documents, software licensing, management of assets and investments, loan documents and farm and ranch issues.


Professional Profile:
Educational Background

B.A. (with honors) Southern Methodist University 1973
J.D. (with honors) Southern Methodist University 1976
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Southwestern Law Journal

Professional Organizations & Memberships

Texas Bar Association, admitted November 1976
Arizona Bar Association, admitted May 1987
Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
Member: Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council
Member: Council of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section of the State Bar of Texas (1994-1998)
Co-Chair, Committee on Title Insurance (1992-2000)
Chair, Real Estate Law Section of the Houston Bar Association (1986-87)

Professional Awards & Specializations

Board Certified—Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1983-present

Publications & Speeches

Frequent speaker at various CLE programs, including:

What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About Real Estate, State Bar of Texas (2016)
Drafting Tips for Real Estate Documents, Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas (2014)
Aerial Encroachments & Trespass, Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council (2008)
Estate Planning to Preserve Assets, Houston Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section (2007)
SMU School of Law Transactions-in-Depth (1997, 1999 and 2000)
SMU School of Law Leases In-Depth (1995-96)
SMU School of Law Mortgages in Depth (1994)
Texas Land Title Institute, Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure (1991)
State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Course 1983-86, and 1990
Recent Developments (1983-84)
Seller Financing (1985)
Wrap-Around Mortgages (1986)
Partnership Restructuring (1990)
Practical Considerations in a Changing Real Estate Market (State Bar of Texas 1989)
Renewals and Extensions of Liens, Advanced Real Estate Short Course (South Texas College of Law 1989)
Basic Real Estate Law in Texas (National Business Institute 1989)
Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure, Real Estate Reorganization Seminar (National Business Institute 1988)
Houston Bar Association Real Estate Law Section
Recent developments - (1983-84)
Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure - (1988)
1994 CPE Expo: Family Limited Partnerships
Houston Bar Association Business Organizations Institute (organizing a Texas corporation) 1981
Co-Author, Annual Survey of Texas Law - Real Property, Southwestern Law Journal (1977-1979)

Civic Involvement