Scott Bayer

Getting to know my clients is always the first step to helping them achieve their estate planning and wealth transfer objectives. I take the time to learn about what matters most to them and assess their individual situation, goals, needs and expectations. This approach builds trust with clients and helps me design an effective estate plan to protect their families and assets.

Scott Bayer helps high-net-worth individuals and families develop trust and estate planning strategies to protect considerable assets and business interests, preserve and transfer wealth, achieve their charitable goals, and minimize estate and gift taxes. He has substantial experience preparing wealth transfer agreements tailored to each client’s unique needs and objectives, including wills, revocable trusts, generation-skipping transfer trusts and a variety of other sophisticated estate planning techniques. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning & Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Clients and their family offices count on Scott to advise on a broad range of matters, including estate planning for family members, transferring high-value special assets, structuring family business and property interests, and business succession planning to ensure the smooth transition of ownership and assets to the next generation. Scott also assists clients in many aspects of charitable planning, from structuring and counseling family foundations to preparing gift agreements with charitable organizations.

Guiding clients through the probate and estate administration process is another important feature of Scott’s practice, including drafting court filings, asset gathering and appraisal, asset distribution, and preparation of estate and gift tax returns. He also has experience advising on trust administration issues and assisting clients in trust modification and decanting proceedings.

Thought Leadership / News
January 3, 2023 
 Press Releases
October 26, 2022 
 Speeches and Presentations
Californication: What Every Texas Estate Planner Should Know About Advising California Transplants    

State Bar of Texas 33rd Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting 

February 2019 
 Speeches and Presentations
Playbook For Reviewing a Trust Drafted By Someone Else

State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First (or Next) Trust

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Woodward/White, Inc.'s The Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" in the field of Trusts & Estates (2021 - 2024)
  • Named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2020 - 2023)
Organizational Involvement

Professional Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Estate & Financial Forum
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ronald McDonald House Houston, Advancement Committee
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Houston Law Center (2011)
  • B.A., cum laude, Rhodes College (2007)
Bar Admission
  • Texas (2011)
  • Spanish
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Playing tennis
  • Bicycling around my neighborhood with my wife and toddlers