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Haynes and Boone, LLP

John M. Collins

John M. Collins


Haynes and Boone, LLP
Texas, U.S.A.

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John Collins has more than 40 years experience in several areas of tax practice, including estate planning, family wealth planning, charitable organizations, and employee benefits and executive compensation matters. He has been recognized as one of the best trusts and estate lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners (2010-2015); a Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2003-2016); and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Employee Benefits Law and Trusts and Estates (2005-2018). John is AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory.


J.D., University of Texas, 1975 with honors; Texas Law Review 1973-1975
B.A., Duke University, 1972 with honors
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Estate and personal tax planning for individuals and families, including succession planning for closely-held businesses, establishment of charitable trusts and foundations, and family limited partnerships.

Family wealth planning, including the numerous sophisticated strategies to minimize estate, gift and generation skipping transfer taxes.

Representing public charities and private foundations in connection with governance issues, unrelated business taxable income (UBTI), conflicts of interest, and other tax and exemption issues.

Employment agreements, severance agreements, code section 162(m) and golden parachute issues, and incentive bonus plans.

Design and implementation of all types of equity compensation plans, including stock options, restricted stock, ESOPs, qualified employee stock purchase plans, phantom stock, and stock appreciation rights.

Planning transactions involving the use of ESOPs in corporate finance and restructuring, representing and advising fiduciaries, and representing borrowers and lenders in pension plan transactions.

Professional Associations

    American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Congress Doubles Estate and Gift Tax Exemption
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2018

The tax reform bill passed by Congress at the end of 2017 significantly reduces the number of taxpayers whose families will pay gift tax or estate tax, but it comes with an “expiration date” of December 31, 2025. Prior to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act), an individual could transfer up to $5,490,000 ($10,980,000 for a married couple) without paying estate, gift, or generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes...

2016 Reminders and Planning Ideas for 2017
Haynes and Boone, LLP, March 2017

2016 Follow-Up Payments on Promissory Notes and Guarantees. If you sold property (for example, real estate, stock, or an interest in a family limited partnership or other closely-held entity) to a family member or a trust for a promissory note in the past, the purchaser should make the proper interest payments. Also, if the transaction involved a guarantee of any part of debt, the guarantor should receive the proper guarantee fees. Gift Tax Returns...

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