D.C. (Executive Director, Charitable Foundation)

Marble Falls, Texas

“I went with a gun trust for several reasons, but mostly so my wife could legally open the safe with the NFA stuff in it when I wasn’t home. If you’re interested in a trust I highly recommend James N. Willi in Austin. He’s the only lawyer I’ve ever dealt with that did exactly what he said he would do, when he said he would do it, and for the price he quoted.”

H.A. (Hays County Sheriff’s Office)

Caldwell County, Texas

“Thank you very much. You made this process very simple, easy, and quick. I will certainly refer people to you.”

C.H. (Pilot)

Houston, Texas

“Thank you for preparing the trust and answering my questions. I am very glad I decided to go the route of talking to a ‘real’ lawyer experienced in the formation of these trusts and not buy an online, generic packet!”

T.G. (U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

Del Rio, Texas

“Outstanding! What a breeze!!! I can’t thank you enough for all of your help! Your knowledge of everything that I was unsure about really gave me a wonderful piece of mind during this process. I can honestly say you are squared away, and it shows through your work ethic! Thank you for being a phone call away for even the simplest questions! I will most definitely spread the good word of your services!”

R.D. (Police Officer)

Universal City, Texas

“Thanks for all your help. You made the process easy and simple. You answered all my questions and provided any help I needed. Just received my approved Form 1 for my SBR. Have recommended you to all my friends who are apprehensive about doing a gun trust. Eased their worries and let them know that you can handle their situations, questions, and make the process easy and affordable. Thanks again!”

G.S. (Attorney)

Denton County, Texas

“I would highly recommend Jim Willi. Although I am an attorney, I would not trust myself to draft a bullet-proof (no pun intended) NFA Trust because it is such a specialized, technical document. After thorough research, I came to the conclusion that Jim was the best man for the job and produced the best product. I have not been disappointed; so far I have not had any hiccups with the ATF on account of my trust documents. Jim’s customer service is excellent as well: (i) my trust was provided in under an hour (distance does not matter since I live in the Dallas area and Jim is in Austin); (ii) Jim provided me with easy-to-follow instructions on how to file Form 1 and Form 4 documentation; (iii) Jim has repeatedly answered my questions (whether by phone or email) in a timely fashion; and (iv) Jim has offered to review my paperwork before I submit my Form 1 to the ATF. Jim is an excellent attorney and also a gun guy who figured out how to draft a NFA trust for his own use before offering his expertise to the public. My experience could not have been better. If you want a trust that will work (and some excellent customer service), in my opinion, Jim is the man.”

R.P. (Deputy Sheriff)

San Marcos, Texas

“Thank you for making this a very simple process. I was initially worried that the paperwork would take forever!”

R.B.

San Antonio, Texas

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful NFA trust and service, sir. I’ve had five suppressors and two SBR’s approved so far. My only regret is that I didn’t do it 10+ years ago!! I give everyone that asks who did my NFA trust your name and telephone number. Thank you again, sir.”

 

T.M. (U.S. Army Special Forces)

Williamson County, Texas

“Jim, Thank you for the quick turnaround. Your firm truly is a one-stop shop.”

J.S.

Denton County, Texas

“All the reviews you have received are spot on. What a wonderful and painless experience this has been. I most definitely will recommend your services to anyone I know looking for a gun trust.”

D.S.

Helotes, Texas

“Jim Willi definitely exceeded all my expectations going into this process.  I sent him an e-mail and within an hour my phone rang.  Jim had all my documents sent to me and ready to print in just a few hours.  No kidding, it was quick and efficient.  I had my silencer ordered and lower engraved that week.  I even sent my step-father his way to prepare his trust as well.  Jim was also very helpful with clearing up any questions filling out ATF Form 1.  I wish I would have called him sooner.”

T.D.

Gonzales, Texas

“Jim Willi is the best!  I called Jim for information on an SBR and a silencer.  He set up a gun trust for me within a couple of hours of getting my information.  I was able to purchase my suppressor and submit my ATF Form 1 for my SBR all in the same day.  I was having trouble filling out my Form 1 on the ATF’s eform website, so I called Jim at 5:00 p.m. (on a Friday).  He answered and was glad to walk me through the process over the phone.  The thing I really like about Jim Willi is that, when you call his firm, you get to talk to him.  At some other places I called prior to settling with Jim, I had to speak with a receptionist.  I would recommend Jim to anyone wanting to set up an NFA trust because not only do you get a professionally written gun trust, but you also get the personal attention from Jim and that meant more to me than anything.  Thanks again, Jim.”

W.B.

Houston, Texas

“Jim made the process of getting my trust fast and painless.  After speaking with Jim for an hour, I had my trust documents an hour later.  He took the time to answer all of my questions thoroughly both before and after drafting my documents.  I highly recommend Jim to anyone looking to set up their trust.”

W.R.

Fort Worth, Texas

“Jim – I just wanted to take the time to thank you for setting up my NFA Trust.  You truly made the process as easy as it possibly could be and the help you gave me once I was actually purchasing my silencer was invaluable.  Thanks again!!  By the way I ordered that AAC 762 SDN from Silencer Shop today.”

A.R.

Sugar Land, Texas

“After considering a few different attorneys and their styles of setting up NFA trusts, I decided to call Jim Willi.  He spent about 20 minutes answering all of my questions to my satisfaction and had the completed documents to me within the hour.  Follow-up service has been excellent!   A week after the trust was created, I decided to reorganize the trust and sent him an email with my requests.  A response was received within four minutes and the revised documents were received within 14 minutes!  Customer service has been excellent, and I will be recommending him to fellow shooters and friends.”

J.Z.

Bell County, Texas

“I want to thank you for your assistance, patience and promptness in setting up my NFA Gun Trust and submitting suppressor application packets to the BATF.  It was a big plus that questions, trust and transaction were done via phone and internet. You are someone that believes in our Second Amendment rights and the right to lawfully possess firearms and suppressors to responsible U.S. citizens.  I must also add that your fee is very reasonable.  I have and will continue to recommend you to anyone interested in a NFA Gun Trust.”

D.M.

Houston, Texas

“Thank you very much. You make life easy. Well worth the money.”  (06/16/2017)

J.M.

Crowley, Texas

“I cannot say enough about Jim Willi and the services that he offers. After having purchased an online generic trust elsewhere and becoming concerned with the quality and accuracy of that product, I came across Jim and his services. The difference between the two cannot be described in words. I now have confidence in my trust and have peace of mind that my assets and family will be secure. I was so impressed with Jim and his expertise, I will be using the Willi Law Firm for all of my legal needs going forward! Thanks Jim, you have a fan and client for life!!!”  (02/20/2017)

J.H.

Denton County, Texas

“I had considered the generic NFA Trust package from Silencerco. It was less expensive and provided standardized forms. I choose Mr. Willi because he provided one-on-one consultation and a well prepared NFA Trust package that included better inclusions than the standard forms others offered. He offered very thorough explanations, was quick to respond to questions and actually answered his phone. Very knowledgeable because he practices what he “preaches”. You get what you pay for and I highly recommend his services.”  (02/28/2017)

B.H.

Houston, Texas

“Thanks so much for your thorough explanations and help in this matter. Again, your website contents are second to none. It was a pleasure working with you.”  (01/06/2017)

J.H. (Vice President, Large Bank Trust & Estate Department)

Dallas, Texas

“Hello Jim and Tracy. I am an attorney admitted in the State of Indiana, and I have been employed as a Bank Trust Officer for over 30 years. Based on my education, my Indiana Bar Membership and my 30+ years of Trust experience… I am qualified to prepare my own Estate Planning and Trust documents. However, I have never done so, because I truly believe in the old adage… An attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client.” Based on my perusal, I am very impressed with the quality of your NFA Trust Document Package… your professional attention to detail… and also with your prompt reply to my personal needs. Best Regards, J.H.”

R.M.

Williamson County, Texas

“Thanks for making the overall trust process smooth and painless. It was worth every penny. I know my buddies feel the same way, and you’ll probably be getting contacted by another of our little group in the future as well. I will give you a call when I am ready to do my Form 1 for SBR and walk through the submission as we had discussed.”

T.C. (Dentist)

Sherman, Texas

“I just want to take a moment and say thank you. You have made this the simplest and most straightforward process I have ever experienced. Thank you for personally calling and taking time to explain everything. I am truly grateful for your help in making this a wonderful experience. Rest assured that I will be telling my friends and family where to go to have the best service possible. I am always pleased to work with men who seem to be truly professional and excellent at what they do and you, sir, are definitely in that category. Again, thank you.”

B.W. (Class 3 Dealer)

Austin, Texas

“All of my customers have said that you have taken good care of them. Much appreciated!”

K.D.

Houston, Texas

“The gun trust documents look great. I am so glad we went to you instead of accepting the terrible generic trust document our local gun shop sold us. Your version is very well thought out and will work for us much better. Thanks again!”

J.S. (Retired Chairman of the Board, Publicly-Traded Financial Services Corporation)

Dallas, Texas

“As we discussed by phone a few moments ago, I want to reiterate how much I appreciate your help in setting up our NFA Trust. Having dealt with many attorneys in my 40-plus-year professional life, I can say with certainty that you provided the greatest value for your fee of any attorney in my experience. I especially appreciate your thoroughness in reviewing the documents after execution and ensuring that all is in order. Again, many thanks. Feel free to use any part or all of my comments publicly if they would be useful to you or to encourage others to consider your NFA Trust creation services.”

L.S. (U.S. Customs & Border Protection)

Kingsville, Texas

“I would like to thank Mr. Willi for his personal phone call on Saturday, following up on my original email. The personal service and commitment truly sets your law firm apart from others.”

C.J.

Denton County, Texas

“Thank you so much for your help! I really appreciate how fast and painless it was to set up my trust. I will definitely refer your services to anyone I hear looking to set up a trust. I can’t thank you enough for walking me through the process and easing any fears I had along the way. Again, thank you for an incredible job.”

B.L. (Operations Director, Major Oil Drilling Equipment Manufacturer)

Houston, Texas

“Outstanding! Thank you very much!”

M.H. (Major Firearms Manufacturer’s Sales Representative)

Austin, Texas

Jim, this is fantastic. I feel so much better about my legal footing after doing this through you. Thanks again man! Lets go shoot soon. I’m about to have a [new badass firearm] in my demo kit that we’ll need to blow the dust off of. Later!”

 

R.G. (Section Manager, Large Semiconductor Corporation)

Pflugerville, Texas

“I wish that I would have known about you sooner. I am completely impressed with your ability to get this done and your availability for any/all of my questions/concerns. I will be sure to share my positive experiences with everyone that I come in contact with that can use your services. Also, we will more than likely be in touch with you again for estate planning.”

M.M. (U.S. Army, Shindand Air Base, Herat Province, Afghanistan)

El Paso, Texas

“Mr. Willi, the pleasure was all mine, sir. You eased a lot of worries that were on my mind over this process. It’s safe to say the recommendations were all spot on, and I will gladly be recommending you to my friends as well!”

J.B.

Austin, Texas

“Thanks for the super fast response and work.  I’ll definitely be sending referrals your way!”

D.S.

Houston, Texas

“Jim-you ROCK. Be sure to use me as a reference for future clients…I’ll walk you on water. Thanks again for such Great Service!!! Happy July 4th!”

C.L. (U.S. Army, Kandahar Air Field, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan)

Houston, Texas

“Awesome! Thanks for everything, Jim! This was quick and easy, great price, and you’re very thorough with the way you do business. I’ve already been spreading the word out here [in Afghanistan]. God Bless!”

H.C. (Physician)

Richardson, Texas

“Thank you again for being so thorough. There are many people out there offering services to help form NFA trusts out there, but no one is as thorough as you are. I will recommend you to any of my friends and family who may be interested in forming a NFA trust.”

M.V. (Police Officer)

San Antonio, Texas

“Thank you for all of your help. You made this whole convoluted process very easy to digest. If anyone I know takes an interest in owning an NFA firearm in the future, I will definitely send them your way.”

J.M. (General Manager)

Collin County, Texas

“Thanks for this [amended and restated gun trust]. So much more comprehensive than my last gun trust [prepared by a Houston ‘gun trust’ attorney].”

C.E.

Wilson County, Texas

“Jim, I cannot thank you enough for the prompt service and personal attention that you gave me concerning my NFA gun trust and my five ATF Form 1s. I just received all of my approved ATF tax stamps. I will certainly recommend you when the topic of NFA trusts comes up.”

B.M. (General Counsel, Large Corp.)

Houston, Texas

“Great document and informational package you sent me.  Very good job!”

M.C. (Police Officer)

Bexar County, Texas

“Thanks Jim for all your help.  I can’t believe the hardest part of this process was getting everyone together to sign the forms.  I wish I would have done this last year.  If anyone I know ever considers setting up a NFA Trust I will direct them your way.”

S.H.

Round Rock, Texas

“Thank you for the quick turnaround and for your knowledgeable assistance with my questions.  I have also been impressed at how easy it is to get in touch with you personally.”

R.M.

El Paso, Texas

“Jim, Thank you so much for all your hard work.  This couldn’t have been easier.  You took the time to answer all of my questions and even took care of issues that I hadn’t even considered.  I cannot say enough about your professionalism.  I should have done this years ago.  Thanks again.”

D.S.

Houston, Texas

“I really appreciate the thoroughness and responsiveness with which you completed this work for me.”

J.S.

Fort Worth, Texas

“Thank you for your help in setting up my NFA trust.  I cannot believe how quick and easy you made it.”

M.R.

Round Rock, Texas

“Wow, that was quick and WAY more than expected.  Thanks!”

B.T. (Police Officer)

Tarrant County, Texas

“I will refer everyone to you I can.  You made this process painless and explained everything in great detail.”

J.K.

Williamson County, Texas

“Thanks so much for taking the time to set this up for me, and also for the excellent instructions you included.  The end package is definitely more than I expected to get, and completely worth the investment!  Thanks again!”

Y.J.

Brazos County, Texas

“I just wanted to say thanks for your work, Jim! The turn-around time was impeccable—2 hours. How could a person ask for any better customer service? Because of this, I was able to go purchase several new suppressors yesterday. I appreciate the detailed instructions as this was all new to me.”

N.E.

Midland, Texas

“Thanks!  Outstanding service.”

J.B.

Dallas, Texas

“Thanks!  I have to say, WOW!  This process was easy thanks to you!”

G.V.

Denton County, Texas

“Jim, One more thing, GREAT SERVICE!!  THANK YOU!”

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Do I Still Need a Gun Trust After ATF 41F?

James N. WilliThe new ATF 41F regulations became effective on July 13, 2016. This rule affects the documentation that needs to be submitted with each new Form 1 (request to make an NFA firearm), Form 4 (request for tax-paid transfer of an NFA firearm), and Form 5 (request for tax-exempt transfer of an NFA firearm) filed on or after July 13, 2016. ATF 41F does not change the advantages of using a gun trust to acquire NFA firearms.

Gun trusts provide important advantages to owners of NFA firearms, as well as non-NFA firearms.

  • All Co-Trustees Can Use and Possess the NFA Firearms Registered to the Gun Trust

When you purchase an NFA firearm, the purchaser is listed as the “transferee” on the ATF tax stamp. An ATF tax stamp is similar to a title certificate to a car—it is the official U.S. government-issued document that identifies one specific make, model, and serial number of NFA firearm that is owned by the transferee. If you buy the NFA firearm as an individual, your name will be listed as the transferee on the ATF tax stamp. This means that you can never allow any other person to be allowed to use or possess the NFA firearm outside of your direct physical presence. If anyone, such as your wife, adult children, or brother, has unsupervised access to the NFA firearm during your lifetime, then he or she is committing a felony.

However, if you buy the NFA firearm using a gun trust, then the gun trust will be listed as the transferee on the ATF tax stamp. Any individual whom you, as the Settlor and the Initial Trustee of the gun trust, appoint as an Additional Co-Trustee of the gun trust may legally use and possess the NFA firearm independently and outside your physical presence. In our document package, we provide an Appointment of Additional Co-Trustee document that provides you with the ability to appoint an Additional Co-Trustees anytime you wish. As soon as you and the Additional Co-Trustee sign the document in front of a notary public, the new Additional Co-Trustee may legally borrow the NFA firearms owned by the gun trust. Moreover, our document provides you with the ability to appoint Additional Co-Trustees on either a long-term or short-term basis, such as while on a hunting trip. In addition, we provide a Removal of Additional Co-Trustee document that provides you with the ability to remove unilaterally any Additional Co-Trustee at any time and for any reason. Together, our documents provide you with the ability to control who has legal access to the NFA firearms owned by the gun trust throughout your lifetime.

  • Firearms are Inherited by the Beneficiaries of the Gun Trust Outside of the Probate Court Process

Another significant advantage of a gun trust is that it takes all NFA firearms acquired by and all non-NFA firearms assigned to the gun trust out of the Settlor’s probate estate. As as result, a detailed inventory of your gun collection would not be included in the inventory of assets filed by the executor of your will in the probate courts records, which is a public document. In addition, a probate court would not be able to order your gun collection to be sold to pay creditors of your estate when you die. Also, your gun trust converts into a “spendthrift trust” for your beneficiaries, which means that your beneficiary’s creditors would not be able to sieze the gun collection to pay the beneficiary’s debts. Overall, gun trusts are a quicker and more private method of passing your firearms to your beneficiaries when you die.

  • Gun Trusts Protect Your Firearms Upon a Determination of Incompetency

Individuals who have been adjudicated to be mentally defective are not allowed to receive and possess firearms or ammunition under Federal law. As a result, if any court, board commission, or other lawful authority made a determination that you were a danger to yourself or others or that you were incompetent to manage your own affairs, your Second Amendment right to use and possess your firearms collection would disappear immediately. Over the last few years, the Obama Administration has interpreted this provision to expand the power of the Federal government to strip law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights.

For example, when a veteran applies for disability benefits with the Veteran’s Administration (“VA”), if a doctor completes a VA form, citing dementia or any other illness that may affect the mind as a diagnosis and/or indicates on the form that the veteran does not have the ability to manage his or her own financial affairs, the VA is required to forward the veteran’s name to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (“FBI”). The FBI enters the veteran’s name into the Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”). In addition, if the veteran designates someone else, such as his or her spouse, as a representative payee, even if only for the veteran’s convenience, the designation of a representative payee to deemed to be an admission by the veteran of incompetency. As a result, the veteran is no longer permitted to possess and receive firearms or ammunition under Federal law.  In addition, the Obama Administration is in the process of attempting to impose new regulations on the Social Security Administration, so that it will be required to use similar procedures to strip Social Security recipients receiving Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) of their Second Amendment rights. The Obama Administration estimates that it will be able to strip approximately 75,000 law-abiding U.S. citizens annually of their Second Amendment rights.

If your firearms are owned by you individually and you are later deemed to be incompetent, your firearms collection is subject to confiscation immediately. While you may be able to have someone else operating under a power of attorney to take possession of your non-NFA firearms (if you actually had a power of attorney in place before you were found to be incompetent), it is illegal for an individual acting on your behalf under a power attorney to take possession of your NFA firearms. So you can kiss your NFA firearms goodbye. On the other hand, if your gun trust owns your firearms, any Additional Co-Trustee can take possession of your firearms to hold them on your behalf. In other words, you will not lose ownership of your firearms. As as result, you will retain the ability to either direct that the firearms be sold and the cash returned to you, or that the firearms continue to be held in trust for the beneficiaries to inherit when you die.

  • NFA Firearms Acquired by Your Gun Trust May Prevent You from Paying the Transfer Tax Twice

In most cases, whenever an NFA firearm changes owners, the ATF charges a $200 transfer tax. The transfer tax is paid you the buyer. If you buy your first NFA firearm as an individual from a Class 3 dealer, the dealer files an ATF Form 4 application requesting permission to transfer the NFA firearm from the dealer to you, and you pay the $200 transfer tax. If you later decide to transfer your NFA firearm into a gun trust, you will be required to file an ATF Form 4 application to transfer the NFA firearm from you to your gun trust, and you will pay the $200 transfer tax again. Quite often, an individual acquires three to five NFA firearms individually, before coming to the conclusion that he or she should have bought them using a gun trust. To correct their mistake, the individual then ends up paying the $600 to $1000 in transfer taxes, which he or she would have saved if he or she had bought their NFA firearms with a gun trust initially.

Conclusion

Under ATF 41F, instead of simply providing a copy of your gun trust along with the the ATF application, you will also provide a passport-type photo and two sets of fingerprints along with your application. There is also a new requirement that all “Responsible Persons” on your gun trust must mail a copy some or all of the application to the Chief Local Law Enforcement Officer. In our gun trusts, the Settlor (you) and the Initial Trustee (you) are considered a “Responsible Person” under the ATF’s definition of the term. In addition, any person whom you later appoint as an Additional Co-Trustee using the our Appointment of Additional Co-Trustee form (and who is still serving as an Additional Co-Trustee) is considered a “Responsible Person.” Beneficiaries and Successor Trustees identified in the gun trust are not considered to be “Responsible Persons,” unless you have later appointed them as Additional Co-Trustees using the Appointment of Additional Co-Trustee form. In other words, if an individual, other than you, has not signed an Appointment of Additional Co-Trustee form, he or she is not a “Responsible Person.” Generally, this is ATF 41F in a nutshell, which merely increases the cost in terms of time and money required to obtain fingerprints and photographs. ATF 41F does not eliminate gun trusts, nor does it change gun trusts, nor does it change the reasons why you should use a gun trust to acquire NFA firearms.

Would you like to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you received a high-quality Texas NFA gun trust from a Texas attorney who is recommended by several of the largest Class 3 dealers in Texas? Let’s get started!

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Firearms-Related Affiliations

National Rifle Association

Benefactor Member, Certified NRA Instructor in Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection in the Home, NRA Range Safety Officer

Texas State Rifle Association

Defender Member

National Skeet Shooting Association

Life Member

Texas State Skeet Shooters Association

Life Member, Texas C-Class High-Over-All Skeet Champion (2003)

Capitol City Trap & Skeet Club, Austin, Texas

Life Member

Boy Scouts of America, Capitol Area Council

Merit Badge Counselor for Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badges

April 13, 2015 - Jim Willi testified on the floor of the Texas Senate in support of SB 473, clarifying the right to possess NFA firearms, and SB 476, requiring CLEOs in Texas to sign ATF paperwork within 15 days. Both bills were approved by the Senate Committee the next day.