Rick has been a Texas resident since he was six years old. He practices in Tax Law, Probate Law, Estate Planning, Business Organization and Business Planning. 

Education 

  • BA - University of Texas – Accounting – 1975 (Summa Cum Laude)
  • JD - University of Texas - 1978
  • Managing Editor, Texas Law Review
  • Board Certified – Tax Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Experience 

  • Butler & Binion - 1975 – 1984 Associate
  • Andrews & Kurth - 1984 – 1987 Associate
  • Brown McCarroll (& predecessors) - 1987 – 1997 Partner
  • Richard C. Shanks, P.C. - March 1, 1997 – April 30, 2003
  • Shanks & Earley, L.L.P. - May 1, 2003 – December 31, 2004
  • The Shanks Law Firm - January 1, 2005 – January 1, 2017
  • Shanks & Hauser, L.L.P. - January 2, 2017 - Present

Professional Memberships 

  • State Bar of Texas - Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association - Probate, Trusts & Estates Section

Admitted to Practice in the following Jurisdictions 

  • State Bar of Texas - 1978
  • U.S. Tax Court - 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas - 1991

Articles / Books 

  • Family Limited Partnerships
  • A Brief Overview of Estate Planning
  • Myths of Estate Planning
  • Planning Techniques for Business Owners
  • Estate Planning with Asset Protection Benefits

Seminars 

  • The Estate Tax Trap of Company Retirement Plans
  • New Wrinkles in Corporate Planning
  • A Brief Comparison of the Old Prudent Men Rule with the Prudent Investor Rule
  • Planning For the Alternative Minimum Tax
  • Fighting the Good Fight: Keeping Our Clients Out of Trouble With The IRS

Hobbies 

  • Whiskey Collecting, Comic Books and Coins

state bar of texas

Board Certified Tax Law

Houston Bar Association