Nance & Simpson, L.L.P.

Houston Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Attorneys

Located in the Galleria area in the heart of Houston's financial district, the law firm of Nance & Simpson, L.L.P., provides exceptional legal service and sophisticated guidance to clients in a full range of business, probate, estate planning, and real estte matters.

Focused on Your Success

At Nance & Simpson, L.L.P., their lawyers focus squarely on the success by having well defined areas of practice. As a result, the individual skills and talents of their attorneys are maximized and each client receives the very best in legal representation. Nance & Simpson also recomends checking out the following links for information:

Steve Simpson

Mr. Simpson is the head of the firm's Estate Planning and Probate Section, and he is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Glynn Nance

Mr. Nance is the head of the firm's Business and Real Estate Section, and he is Board Certified in Tax Law and in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Nance & Simpson, L.L.P.

Houston Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Law Firm

Steve Simpson and Glynn Nance are both Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Glynn Nance is also Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. is a law firm that represents clients with legal concerns in the areas of estate planning, probate law, business, and real estate.

The Clear Choice

A small boutique firm is beneficial for clients because the client receives personalized attention and the bulk of the legal work on their matter will be handled by the partner in charge of their case.

LLCs, Partnerships & Business Organizations

There are many factores that a business owner must consider when forming a business entity. The multiple factors and many entity types to choose from can become confusing for business owners. What helps to simplify the process for most business owners it to remain focused on the following principle:

Business owners want a business entity that provides the maximum liability protection, but also enables minimum taxation. But it is difficult to navigate the business entity option on your own, which is why you should retain a knowledgeable business formation attorney at Nance & Simpson, L.L.P.

We provide exceptional representation and ongoing business guidance with legal services such as:

  • Choosing an organizational entity (LPs, LLPs, LLCs and others)
  • Preparing corporate governance documents such as bylaws, company agreements, limited partnership agreements, shareholder and director minutes, and written consents in lieu of meetings
  • Preparing Shareholder / Partner Voting Agreements and Buy-Sell Agreements
  • Assistance with contracts, commercial transactions and tax planning
  • Representation in business salse and purchase transactions

The attorneys at the law firm of Nance & Simpson represent clients throughout the Greater Houston area and the entire state of Texas who are starting new business ventures or seeking to reorganize existing ones to better meet their current needs. As your attorneys, they will take a comprehensive view of all your needs and goals, clearly explain the best options you have available, and handle the other details of your business formation once you have made your decision.

Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

Avoid unnecessary taxes and other expenses for the loved ones you leave behind by planning your estate.

The law firm of Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. practices sophisticated estate planning on behalf of clients throughout the Houston area and the entire state of Texas.

Estate planning generally involves the preparation of Wills (which may create one or more types of trusts at death) as well as other ancillary documents such as powers of attorney.

Estate planning is also about much more than just estate taxes. Equally important is naming guardians and trustees for children, making sure the proper people receive the proper funds in the proper form, and that the probate process is smooth and efficient after your death. The lawyers at their firm take a comprehensive view of each individual’s estate planning needs and then develop detailed strategies designed to maximize the protection afforded to clients’ estates, minimize taxes, and create a smooth transition for loved ones.

Nance & Simpson offers a full spectrum of legal services to meet estate planning needs such as:

  • The preparation of wills, tax planning wills, living wills, and others
  • The establishment of trusts, living trusts, life insurance trusts, children’s education trusts, asset protection trusts, and more
  • Guardianships
  • Probate & estate administration
  • Estate tax planning, income trust planning, asset protection strategies
  • Business-related contracts such as business succession plans
  • Prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements

Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. also has considerable experience representing “blended family” clients--those who have more than one family to consider in planning the future of their estate. The experience they have acquired in this “blended family planning” is just one of many unique aspects their firm has to offer.

Probate & Estate Administration

Probate is the process of transferring a decedent’s assets and property. An expert probate lawyer is generally a must.

The law firm of Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. provides comprehensive and expert probate and estate administration services to clients throughout Texas.

Houston Estate Administration Attorney
Nance & Simpson handles both dependent estate administration and independent estate administration under Texas law.

Most of the time, an independent administration of the probate estate is sought since it is the easiest and most cost effective for the family or for the executor or administrator. However, sometimes, a dependent estate administration is preferable or required. This can be the case where there are many creditors, or when a decedent died without a will or did not specifically appoint an independent executor in the existing will (and the beneficiaries cannot agree).

In addition to uncontested estate administration, Nance & Simpson also assists the executor or administrator in the preparation of the federal estate tax return if required.

Business Contracts, Transactions & Tax Planning

A poorly drafted contract, resulting in transaction-related litigation, or an unpleasant tax bill can put a healthy business in serious danger. The lawyers at Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. specialize in protecting the interest of their business clients.

The law firm of Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. serves as outside general counsel to numerous small and medium-sized businesses in the Greater Houston area and across the state. The firm regularly provides strategic guidance and business consultation designed to help their clients avoid the kind of nasty business surprises that can thwart a company’s profitability.

Nance and Simpson offers a full range of services to businesses such as:

  • Commercial purchasing / leasing contracts
  • Employment agreements / management agreements
  • Non-compete agreements / severance agreements
  • Voting agreements / shareholder agreements
  • Buy-sell planning / buy-sell agreements
  • Estate planning business succession plans
  • Tax classifications for business organizations

The attorneys at Nance & Simpson are experienced and highly specialized in their areas of practice. Business clients will receive the time and attention needed from the partner attorney in charge.

Business Sales & Acquisitions

Acquiring or selling a company is not an “ordinary” business transaction and requires that a number of important factors be taken into consideration before completion.

The law firm of Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. has helped numerous clients in the Greater Houston area and across the state, to buy, sell, and merge existing business organizations successfully. If you are considering such a decision, a Texas mergers and acquisitions attorney from their firm can help you accomplish your goals in the most effective and economical way possible.

Maximizing Your Gain-Minimizing Your Taxes
Careful tax planning is essential in the purchase or sale of any business. The lawyers at Nance & Simpson will analyze your proposed transaction and take into account all the projected tax liabilities that may be involved. They will also explain the available options in achieving your goals that may result in minimizing the amount of taxes you pay.

In addition to structuring the transaction for tax purposes, your attorneys will prepare the necessary stock purchase agreement or asset purchase agreement and work with the existing management to ensure that there is a smooth business transition as ownership changes hands.

Commercial Real Estate

The lawyers at Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. provide comprehensive legal services to both buyers and sellers of commercial real estate in the Greater Houston area. From the initial negotiations of the purchase agreement to the preparation and filing of your closing documents, they can help you to conduct your transaction smoothly and successfully.

Whether you are starting a new company or your existing business organization needs to purchase new facilities to accommodate your growth, putting the knowledge and skill of an experienced Houston commercial real estate attorney to work for you is a smart business decision.

Attention to Detail
Because there can be many hidden factors and pitfalls involved, attention to detail is extremely important in handling real estate matters. The attorneys at Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. provide an array of detailed and thorough services for both improved and unimproved real estate. These include but are not limited to the negotiation, drafting and review of the following agreements:

  • Purchase agreements for commercial and residential real estate transactions
  • Real estate lease agreements
  • Development contracts
  • Building & Construction contracts
  • Loan documents and financing agreements
  • Title commitments and surveys


Guardianship is the process of gaining legal control over an incapacitated person. Legal guardianship of the person or estate of an incapacitated person or minor child places the eventual guardian and his or her lawyer in a position of immense trust and responsibility.

The law firm of Nance & Simpson, L.L.P. has earned that trust from clients from throughout the Houston area through the quality and diligence of the work that they provide in the legal field of guardianship.

Guardianship is usually considered a last resort when powers of attorney or other alternatives to guardianship are not available. Contact a board certified Texas lawyer at their firm today to learn more about how they may assist you.

Long-Term Relationships

Although clients seek to establish guardianships for different reasons, all of them tend to be ongoing, long-term relationships. The administration of the guardianship estate of an incapacitated adult is probably the most common type.

Typically, one person seeks control of an incapacitated loved one's affairs to protect them from themselves or others. Whatever the reason, the attorneys at Nance & Simpson provide the kind of personalized attention and skilled legal services clients need to feel safe with these important decisions.

Their firm offers a full spectrum of services ranging from annual reporting and documentation requirements to courtroom representation.


Gynn D. Nance, Jr

Glynn D. Nance, Jr. is a founding partner in the firm. He practices in the areas of business law, entity formation, business sales and reorganizations, estate planning and commercial real estate. Mr. Nance’s clients come from a variety of industries and service businesses including oil & gas, construction, biotechnology, shipping, and real estate development.

Mr. Nance received his B.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Austin, his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Houston Law Center, and his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.-Taxation) from the University of Houston Law Center. He is Board Certified in two areas of law: Tax Law and Estate Planning & Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a member of the Houston Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas (member, sections on: Business, Taxation, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law).

Mr. Nance was licensed to practice in 1992, and since that time, he has provided quality legal services to Houston businesses and their owners.

Areas of Practice:

  • Business Law
  • Entity Formation
  • Business Sales and Reorganizations
  • Estate Planning
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Taxation
  • Asset Protection

Stephen C. Simpson

Stephen C. Simpson is a founding partner in the firm, and he concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, and guardianship law. Mr. Simpson received his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1993 where he was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa; he received his law degree, with distinction, from the University of Iowa in 1996. He is Board Certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Simpson has served as an Adjunct Law Professor at the University of Houston, and is the author of “Avoiding a Will Contest: Estate Planning and a Legislative Solution,” the Houston Bar Foundation’s “Best Article” award winner. Mr. Simpson is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and probate topics. Mr. Simpson was selected to the 2011 Texas Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition (April 2011 issue of Texas Monthly).

Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Probate
  • Asset Protection

Brian G. Tees, LL.M.

Brian G. Tees is an associate with the firm, and he concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, and business law. Mr. Tees received his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas A&M University in 1996 where he graduated cum laude. Prior to law school, he spent five years as a Producer at CNN Sports in Atlanta. Mr. Tees received his law degree (J.D.) from The University of Texas School of Law in 2006, and his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.-Taxation) from the University of Houston Law Center in 2009. Before joining the firm, he worked as a Legal Editor at Jones McClure Publishing, which publishes the O’Connor’s series of legal practitioner’s guides.

Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Business Law

Michael W. Adams

Michael W. Adams, of counsel to the firm, is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and is AV peer-review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Michael’s practice specializes in real estate law and covers real estate purchase and sale transactions involving commercial property and ranch or recreational property, lease agreements for landlords and tenants, real estate loan transactions, and the development of real property. Michael has extensive experience in the review, negotiation and drafting of real estate purchase contracts (earnest money contracts), leases, and loan agreements and related documents, and also has drafted countless documents for simpler transactions such as home sales and property gifts among family members.

He also has extensive experience in forming and administering various entities involved in real estate ownership and investment, such as LLCs and partnerships, as well as commercial agreements and transactions of all types, including the purchase of sale of businesses whether owning real estate or otherwise.

(“AV” is a registered certification mark of Reed-Elsevier Properties, Inc.).

Areas of Practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Business Sales and Acquisitions
  • Corporations and Partnerships
  • LLCs (Limited Liability Companies)
  • Estate Planning and Probate

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