About our firm

Meet Our Team

Earl Childress founded Earl Childress Investments to provide families with a comprehensive estate planning team at an affordable price. Our team of lawyers, tax advisors and financial professionals continue to grow as we serve more families nationwide. 

Earl A Childress, II  |  Chairman & CEO

Protecting families for over 25 years, Earl Childress began estate planning after the need to establish a comprehensive estate plan for his own family. He soon realized that a team was require, not just documents from an attorney. Due to his expertise in the financial industry, Childress is recognized as the "Wisdom Behind Wealth." Mr. Childress has become a leading expert in creating, acquiring and protecting wealth.

Estate Planning   |   Asset Protection
Estate Disposition   |   Advance Arrangements

James D Stinson  |  Private Client Advisor

James is a seasoned professional with over 20 years in the investment and banking industry. Prior to joining Earl Childress Investments, he served as a Private Client Reserves Manager with US Bank and currently is a Certified Wealth Strategist.

Estate Planning   |   Private Client
Retirement Income  |   Asset Protection

Jennifer Surmacz |  Legal Counsel

Jennifer Surmacz earned her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law and began practicing law in Oklahoma City as a general practice attorney. Surmacz is currently licensed to practice law in Missouri and Oklahoma, and is eligible to practice in all 21 Uniform Bar Exam states. Jennifer has experience in Estate Planning, Probate, Contracts, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Federal Civil Litigation. 

Estate Planning   |    Contract Law 
Probate Law   |    Family Law

Andrew Victor  |  Tax Advisor

With more than 22 years in financial services, Andrew specialize in strategies for tax-efficient income planning, wealth transfer, estate planning, business succession and insurance planning. A Harvard graduate, Andrew provides clients with complex and comprehensive solutions through succinct yet actionable guidance.

Estate Planning   |    Private Client
Wealth Transfer   |    Tax Mitigation

Free Estate Planning Checklist

No Cost, No Obligation

Get your affairs in order so you don't leave survivors to face a legal mess. Our checklist is a must have to ensure that your estate plan doesn’t have any gaps. We know the potential hazards, but more importantly how to avoid them. Here’s what you should know to help you get your affairs in order.

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