Cecil Smith Bio

Cecil Smith (1939-2014) was a partner of Apperson Crump, the oldest law firm in Tennessee. It has offices in Memphis and Nashville. Cecil, a former IRS Estate Tax Attorney, practiced law since 1968. Cecil wrote over 10,000 wills and trusts and dedicated his career to assisting clients with their estate and business planning needs.


Cecil had the highest rating given by Martindale Hubbell, a peer review rating company that evaluates and rates attorneys nationally.

Co-Founder of Teton Agents in 2003.



Undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee.

Eighteen hours of graduate accounting courses after law school at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Fellow of the EP Institute. Graduate of Masters I.




Licensed to practice law in Tennessee.

Licensed to practice law in Wyoming.


Professional Memberships and Affiliations


Co-founder of the TETON INSTITUTE, LLC.

Memphis Estate Planning Council.

Nashville Estate Planning Council.

Memphis Planned Giving Council.

Nashville Planned Giving Council.

Founding member of e.Planners Educational Alliance, a national non-profit organization of estate planning attorneys.

Founding member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Member of the UBS Attorney Network since 1990.

Tennessee Bar Association.

Wyoming Bar Association.

Memphis Bar Association.

Nashville Bar Association.

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating. This is the highest rating awarded by this national rating company.

Member, Portrait Society of America.

Member, Wyoming Watercolor Society.


Teaching Positions


Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University, Academy of Multidisciplinary Practice.

Instructor for Wealth Council, LLC

Instructor for the TETON INSTITUTE, teaching advanced estate planning strategies to CPAs, financial advisors and other estate planning attorneys.

Instructor for Advanced Wealth Studies Institute, LLC, teaching sophisticated estate planning strategies to attorneys.

Instructor for Wealth Council, LLC, teaching two-day & three-day specialty estate planning workshops.

Former Instructor for the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Former instructor in estate planning for the University of Memphis Continuing Education Program, Memphis, Tennessee.

Former instructor for Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tennessee, training paralegals in estate planning and probate administration.


Published Works


A Comparison of the Wyoming LLC and the Arizona LLC, coauthored with Carol Gonnella, Arizona Bar Journal.

Love, Money, Control.Reinventing Estate Planning (contributing author).

Giving.Philanthropy for Everyone (contributing author).

Living and Learning: Planning for Retirement and Education (contributing author).

The Wyoming Close LLC KIT, Co-authored with Carol Gonnella.

The Big IRA Book, co-authored with Carol Gonnella, and Bob Keebler.


Publications Authored


Cecil & Carol’s Big Book of Business Entities.

How to Fund Your Estate Plan.

BERT! The Wonder Trust™

Why Wyoming?

Asset Protection for Physicians.




Director, e.Planners Educational Alliance.

Co-owner and CEO of TETON AGENTS, LLC.


Director and Co-owner of the TETON INSTITUTE, LLC.

Director, Secretary and Shareholder, National Security and Trust Company.

Director, Secretary and Shareholder, Vital Records Control, Inc.

Director, Secretary and Shareholder, Information Vaulting Services, Inc.


During his career, Cecil spoke often to CPAs, financial advisors, physicians, business owners, and other estate planning attorneys about estate planning, asset protection planning, and charitable planning.