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Gary J. Schmit

Phelan Tucker Law Iowa Team Gary Schmit

Gary J. Schmit


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Lauren Lynn, Legal Assistant

Gary has been working with individuals and families to help with their estate and tax planning for almost thirty years. He has a robust tax practice, preparing both individual and fiduciary returns. With this background, he also advises his clients on their estate planning, bringing his areas of expertise together to draft comprehensive plans that accomplish their goals. Gary also facilitates trust and estate administration, and so further helps families carry out their plans. In his career, Gary has worked with multiple generations, providing guidance and counsel on issues relating to finances, taxes, wealth transfer, and almost everything in between.

Originally from northwest Iowa, Gary is fond of saying that he is just one of the sons of a cattle and pig farmer. It is this approachable attitude, coupled with a quick brain and an aptitude for numbers (Gary has also passed the Certified Public Accountant exam), that draws clients to him. He is able to make the most complicated of situations an effortless breeze, something that all who work with him dearly appreciate.

Date and Place of Admission to State Bar and Federal Courts

  • 1988, Iowa


  • B.A., Briar Cliff College, 1985 (summa cum laude)
  • J.D., University of Iowa, 1988 (with distinction)

Legal Authorships/Teaching Positions

  • Co-author, Iowa Probate,
    Volumes 13 and 14 of the Iowa Practice Series

Memberships in Bar and Professional Associations

  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Iowa State Bar Association
    • Probate Property and Trust Law Section
  • Taxation Section
  • American Bar Association
    • Taxation Section
  • Iowa Academy of Trust & Estate Counsel

Memberships in Community Associations

  • Regina Foundation
    • Board of Directors, 2000-Present
  • School Tuition Organization of Southeast Iowa
    • Board of Directors, 2007-Present