Daniel O'Neil

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Daniel O’Neil is a graduate of the University of Houston Law Center.

Daniel advises the firm’s clients on a broad range of tax matters, from planning to administrative and litigated controversies. Daniel works with individuals and families in all aspects of Wills, trusts, premarital and marital property agreements, family business succession, entity formations, and all other estate planning and probate matters. As the uncle of a special needs child he has unique experiences with Supplemental Needs Trusts (“SNTs”) and enjoys the opportunity to help other Texan families that require legal assistance with SNTs.

After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas Daniel moved down to Houston. As a 1L and 2L in law school Daniel worked for the AIDS Project to provide estate planning and family law services for indigent HIV/AIDS patients in Harris & Galveston Counties. For this work he was awarded the Pro Bono Honors Program distinction from the South Texas College of Law, where he also was initiated as a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity which restricted membership by GPA to the top of the class. Outside of the classroom, the State Bar of Texas then granted a 3L Trial Card for him to appear in court under the supervision of a family law partner at a major international “BIGLAW” firm where he learned the practical side of Texas family law and marital property characterization.

After being admitted to the Texas bar Daniel continued his education in the tax laws, earning a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Taxation from the University of Houston Law Center while working as an extern for the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. Before joining Frye, Oaks, and Benavidez, Daniel worked as an Associate Attorney for a tax consulting and advisory firm providing specialty tax credit and tax controversy services to companies and their tax advisers.

As an invited speaker at conferences and professional membership associations around the state Daniel has addressed the Post-Obergefell GLBTI community on a broad range of topics such as Texas marital property characterization, partition & exchange agreements, divorce processes and procedure, federal tax issues involved in divorces, and impacts on estate planning for newly married couples.

Main areas of practice: estate planning, probate, tax, GLBTI divorce, and Texas family law. 

Admission & Affiliations:

State Bar of Texas
Ad Litem certification (MCLE) for Guardianship proceedings
United States District & Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States Tax Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States