Meet Our Attorneys
Joel T. Sawyer
Not many 8-year-olds dream of being tax attorneys, but that is exactly what Joel T. Sawyer dreamed of doing when he was a youngster.
Growing up on a farm in Hill County, Texas, Joel and his family saw the hardship when a family friend who farmed in Iowa died in the early 1970’s and his survivors had to sell the farm to pay the taxes. This result was disturbing to Joel, since it was hard to distinguish between his family and the farm. Afraid that the same thing could happen to his family, Joel asked questions about how do you plan to avoid taxes on the farm, who would oversee the farm if his parents died, and other questions relating to a person’s Last Will and Testament. Those conversations with his father were the first steps down the path toward becoming a tax and estate planning attorney.
Today, Joel T. Sawyer is the sole member and Manager of the Sawyer Law Firm PLLC in Fort Worth, Texas. Joel is a Texas A&M graduate, and he earned his law degree from the Baylor University School of Law. Joel then earned a masters in law (taxation) from New York University. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
Even today as he works with clients who have millions of dollars in assets, Joel takes pride in the life lessons and business practices he learned working on his family farm.
W. Michael Wiist graduated from Southwestern Adventist University and then earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. After a successful career in communications, Michael enrolled and graduated from Baylor University School of Law. He has been practicing law since 2000. He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
James Byron Ravsten earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio and earned a masters in law (taxation) from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. James has been practicing law since 2004.
Together, our lawyers have built their reputations on providing exemplary service to their clients. At the Sawyer Law Firm PLLC, we focus on estate planning, estate and probate administration, business formation, tax law and guardianship law. We serve high net worth individuals in Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the entire state of Texas.
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