Our Attorneys

Richard S. Snell Direct dial: 713-980-7726 Email Richard rsnell@ydklaw.com V-Card 3737 Buffalo Speedway
Suite 1500
Houston, TX 77098-3738
Fax : 713-980-7799

Dick's practice focuses on estate planning and family wealth transfer for individuals and families within and outside the U.S.  He has experience in income, gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax matters; complex estate planning; succession planning for closely held businesses; estate administration matters; dispute resolution involving fiduciaries, families and their entities; and creating, administering, and long-range planning for private tax-exempt charitable institutions, including private foundations.  His practice also includes an administrative practice before the IRS.

Representative Experience

  • Designing and implementing estate plans to meet the family and philanthropic objectives of clients in a tax-efficient manner
  • Assisting individuals and families in designing  and implementing succession plans to transfer ownership and management of family enterprises
  • Assisting clients in creative approaches to dealing with difficult wealth-related family issues
  • Assisting in structuring tax efficient settlements of fiduciary and family disputes including contested probate and trust matters and in connection with the dissolution of marriages
  • Assisting executors in the administration of large and complex estates including important art, closely held businesses, minerals, ranches, etc. through initial probate, preparation of federal estate tax returns, audit by the Internal Revenue Service, and funding of bequests
  • Assisting clients in the creation of private foundations, including formulating their mission statement
  • Assisting private foundations in creating and implementing succession plans



  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law—Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1967
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1964
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 1967


  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Texas Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Certified Public Accountant, Texas, 1971


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability
  • Texas Super Lawyer in estate planning/trusts, Texas Monthly magazine (2004)