Ward Beaudry is a Marine Corps veteran with deep Texas roots who has the heart and knowledge to help individuals, families and businesses navigate the complex areas of legal life.
Ward is an authority in the areas of wills, trusts, estates, probate, elder law, trust and estate litigation, corporate litigation, family business and succession planning, and mediation.
For the past four years, he has been named a Texas Super Lawyer, an award based on peer reviews and independent research.
For more than 50 years the law firm of what today is known as Winn, Beaudry & Winn, has been consistently rated as one of the top estate planning law firms in North Texas. The firm prides itself on meticulous care of clients with compassion grounded in experience.
Ward has significant experience with the follow legal areas:
• Reforming complex trusts to meet present-day needs to minimize tax exposure, preserve wealth and maximize intergenerational wealth transfers
• Assisting families who suspect an elderly loved one may be abused by a caregiver or institution
• Helping veterans receive the benefits they deserve (Certified by the Veterans Administration)
• Structuring family business succession planning, including gift and estate tax minimization and creditor protection
• Supporting families dealing with special needs children or elderly relatives or neighbors
• Providing efficient and effective services in both probate & guardianship estate administration and litigation matters
Ward serves a wide variety of clients, for example:
• The family of a mother with Alzheimer's disease that seeks to provide the best possible long-term care plan
• A couple who have been extraordinarily successful and wish to maximize the passing of wealth to the next generation without turning their children into typical "trust fund babies"
• A young couple who are about to have their first child and want to set up legal documents to protect the child in the event of illness or death of one or both parents
• An individual entering into a second marriage who wants to preserve certain family assets for existing children
• A disabled veteran or someone with severe medical needs who is having trouble accessing benefits and entitlement
Among Ward’s special licenses and certifications:
• Accredited Estate Planner, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
• Trained Arbitrator and Mediator, American Arbitration Association
• Participating Attorney, AARP Legal Service Network
• Accredited Veteran Attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Ward has been active in the community doing volunteer work, fundraising and pro bono legal work for a number of organizations, including the American Heart Association, the MS150 Bike Ride to Cure Multiple Sclerosis and the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. He is the general counsel and a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Child Abuse Prevention Center, now called Family Compass.
Ward received his bachelor’s degree from Austin College in 1963 and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1965. He was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1965 and authorized to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969.
Experienced Help for Individuals and Families
Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
Probate & Estate Administration
Veterans Benefits Planning (Accredited Veteran Attorney by the Veterans Administration)
Special Needs Planning
Elder Care (Participating attorney, AARP Legal Network and Member of National Academy of Elderlaw Attorneys)
Taxation and Tax Strategies
Asset Protection (i.e., creditor protection)
Mediation & Arbitration