By Samantha Gluck
Laura Starr, Managing Shareholder at Starr Law Firm, P.C. has always had a passion for serving others. Laura credits her parents and her education at Ursuline Academy of Dallas for teaching her the importance of hard work and dedicating oneself to serving others.
“Ursuline Academy’s motto, Serviam (‘I will serve’), is one of the main reasons I became a lawyer,” Laura says. “It’s a way of using my talents to give back to my community and help those in need.”
After earning an undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University, she received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She returned home to Plano to practice alongside her father.
Laura enjoys practicing estate planning and probate law partly because it gives families peace of mind. Estate planning uses various tools to conserve and protect property and to transfer property from generation to generation. “I don’t take a ‘cookie cutter’ approach with my clients,” says Laura. “Instead, I look at the big picture. This is crucial because every family,person, and situation is unique.”
Laura gains a sense of personal satisfaction from developing creative solutions to help her clients and relieving any concerns they may have expressed upon consultation. “Most people believe taxes pose the biggest risk to their estates, but that isn’t usually the case. The risk comes from a variety of external influences,” she explains. Once she assesses a client’s circumstances, she uses a variety of estate planning strategies to mitigate risk and minimize tax consequences, such as establishing a family business partnership, transferring property via gifts, and much more.
“One of the biggest mistakes people make,” Laura says, “is thinking once they have an estate plan and a will, they’re done.” But nothing is static in life and personal situations change. Babies are born, people get married and divorced, loved ones pass away, and so on. She suggests updating your estate plan at least every five years or more often as changes in life present themselves.
Laura is active in female-focused professional organizations and speaks to organizations about the importance of estate planning. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband, their daughter Margaux, and their rescue dog, Carl.
This leading woman is the only female lawyer at her firm as she works with her father, Bert Starr, the firm’s founding partner and her husband, Michael Presbitero, who joined the practice in 2017. “It’s a family practice and our clients are truly part of the family. We offer breadth and depth yet are small enough to know our clients by name,” says Laura.
Start planning for your future today. Schedule a consultation with Laura Starr.
3108 Midway Road, Suite 101
Plano, Texas 75093