Kristen A. Mynar

Naman Howell Smith & Lee, PLLC

Kristen’s practice is focused primarily on estate planning and probate. Kristen’s estate planning practice includes advising clients with regard to federal and state taxes, general business matters, and the formulation of an estate plan specifically tailored for each client’s unique situation (the transfer of wealth to lower generations, planning for blended families, asset preservation, etc.). Such practice includes the preparation of wills, financial powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, family limited partnerships, grantor trusts, revocable trusts, special needs trusts, charitable remainder trusts, general business documents, gift tax returns and much more. Kristen’s practice also includes advising trustees of trusts with respect to trustee duties, trust funding, trust administration and other various trust matters.

Kristen also helps clients determine what to do after the death of a loved one, from advising clients through the process of probating a decedent’s will, to wrapping up the decedent’s affairs and transferring the decedent’s assets. Kristen’s probate practice includes handling large estates, various complex probate matters, preparing estate tax returns and dealing with less than ideal family situations. Kristen also represents beneficiaries of estates and trusts.

Kristen also practices in construction law. Prior to attending law school Kristen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science from Texas A&M University. She then worked for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in the industrial construction industry as a Project Engineer and later as a Project Controls Manager, overseeing various aspects of cost reporting, worker productivity, estimating, scheduling and document control systems.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Bar, Texas, 2010

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Education

Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D. – 2010
Concentration: Estate Planning
Honors/Awards: cum laude
Bank of America Estate Planning and Trusts Award

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
B.S. – 2006
Major: Construction Science
Honors/Awards: cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Heart of Texas Estate Planning Council, Board Member
  • Junior League of Waco, Board Member
  • Capacity Building Advisory Council, Waco Foundation
  • Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
  • Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers’ Association

Classes/Seminars

  • “Charitable Contribution Substantiation: Preparing for IRS Challenges?”
  • “Probate Administration and Other Procedures”
  • “Adjunct Professor, Baylor Law School”

Published Works

Marcus J. Brooks & Kristen A. Mynar, Charitable Contributions & Charitable Contribution Deductions: Not Created Equal, Today’s CPA, March/April 2013, at 30.