For the third consecutive year, Thomas J. Houser has been recognized by Worth Magazine as one of its Top 100 Attorneys in America. Houser is a senior shareholder in the Davis Brown Law Firm. He is resident in the firm's West Des Moines office. The list is published in the magazine's December 2007 edition.
Houser practices primarily in the areas of trust, estate and probate law. Worth editors comment that "lawyers who counsel their clients on personal matters are involved in some of the most critical decisions in their clients' lives, from bequeathing assets and values to future generations to protecting wealth should hardships such as divorce fall upon the family." Each year, Worth combs the country to find those lawyers who have the rare combination of skill, experience and listening ability that such work requires. Houser is the only Iowa attorney recognized on the list.
Worth's editors thoroughly vet nominees for its annual list through a detailed process designed to ensure the individuals who are recognized really are leaders in their respective fields. The editors solicit nominations from readers and professional advisors who regularly interact with leading lawyers, such as financial advisors, accountants, corporate executives, and others. The editors then target those nominees who serve clients with sufficient net worth and who have professional affiliations and publishing history to indicate that they can provide extraordinary expertise to Worth's readers. Finally, the editors perform background checks with the American Bar Association before they compile their list.
Houser's unique combination of skills benefit all Iowans, from high net-worth individuals to growing families. Due to changes in life and or the law, estate planning is necessary to protect yourself and the ones you care about from financial uncertainty and hardship. A 2000 study by the AARP notes that two out of five adults over 50 do not have a Last Will & Testament. Houser adds that "of those who do, the documents often are outdated or incomplete."
Houser is a third-generation attorney from Belmond, Iowa. He graduated from the College of St. Thomas (B.A. 1986) and University of Iowa (J.D., 1989) and is married with two children.
Worth magazine provides financial intelligence to a readership whose substantial personal wealth has prompted a singular focus on issues related to wealth preservation, management and transference.