Carl A. Werner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Carl Werner & Associates
11010 Coachlight, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78216-3926
Phone: 210-377-4242
Fax: 210-377-4243
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

A native of Abilene, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas, I began my professional life as a high school teacher.  Needing a better way to support my family, I became a petroleum landman in 1980, earning the CPL designation in 1989.  In 1991, at age 35, I entered law school at the University of Houston, where I graduated cum laude.  I have practiced law in San Antonio since 1994, becoming a shareholder at the law firm of Cox & Smith in 2001.  I opened a solo practice in 2007, and have since added two attorney associates, Kristi Clarke and Bob Augsburger.

I am Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  My practice, and that of my associates, is devoted to counseling clients as they deal with two of life's biggest challenges: the possibility of becoming incapacitated, and the certainty of death.  Most cases involve the use of Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, and Medical Directives.  People who do not have a plan, or whose plan is outdated, are guaranteeing that their loved ones will need to clean up a legal mess, sooner or later.  When people have a sound plan, they feel relief.  They know that they have provided certainty, and eased the path, for their loved ones.  They know that their loved ones can turn to good lawyers, who know their history, in a time of need.

When necessary, we appear with our clients in court, to probate Wills and to resolve problems related to Estates and Trusts. We advise clients, both individuals and banks, who have been appointed as an Executor or Trustee, and who have a duty to exercise great care on behalf of their beneficiaries.  Sometimes, estate planning requires dealing with family businesses, so we are well-versed in the creation and operation of entities such as Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies. In South Texas, many situations involve oil and gas interests; in those cases, my experience as a landman (and as the son of a wildcatter) provides me with a perspective that my clients find helpful.

We believe every solution begins with asking good questions and paying careful attention to the answers.  We believe in using logic, compassion, common sense, and a little bit of humor.  In our office, clients can address their problems in a relaxed and drama-free environment that gives them real peace of mind.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


6 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2021

About Carl A. Werner

Admitted: 1994, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Attorney Mentor for the Wills Clinic, a project of the San Antonio Bar Association's Community Justice Program, providing free legal services to low-income residents of San Antonio, who otherwise would not have access to the legal system

Bar/Professional Activity

  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council

Educational Background

  • University of Texas, Austin, B.S., Education

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2006
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Office Location for Carl A. Werner

11010 Coachlight, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78216-3926

Phone: 210-377-4242

Fax: 210-377-4243

Last Updated: 6/2/2021

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