Rebecca is a co-founder and the managing partner of Smith Hurst. She focuses her practice on planning the businesses, estates and charitable organizations of some of Arkansas’s highest net worth individuals and families. Since 2007 she has been an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law where she teaches advanced classes in Federal Estate and Gift Tax, Nonprofit Organizations, Wills, Trusts and Estates and Estate Planning.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Hurst worked as an accountant for Beverly Enterprises (now Golden Living) in Fort Smith, Arkansas, serving seventeen skilled nursing facilities with Medicare, Medicaid and financial audit and reporting matters.
New York University School of Law
Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Taxation (2006)
University of Arkansas School of Law
Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude (2005)
Arkansas Law Review, Executive Editor
Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow and scholarship recipient
Phi Alpha Delta, Justice
Arkansas State University (Westark Campus)
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, magna cum laude and first in degree (2001)
Recipient of Outstanding Accounting Student Award
Recipient of Distinguished Business Transfer Student Award
Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society
Rebecca has been named as Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s 2017 Women in Business honoree.
Rebecca has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America™ 2018 in the field of Tax Law.
Rebecca has been named a Super Lawyer since 2014 and Rising Star in 2012 and 2013 by Mid-South Super Lawyers in the field of Estate Planning & Probate.
In 2010, Rebecca was recognized in the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list of business leaders and successful individuals.
Rebecca has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating available for a lawyer's legal ability and professional ethics.
Community Service and Activities
Rebecca currently serves on the Corporate Leadership Council for the Walton Arts Center, and on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Division of the Arkansas Community Foundation, the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Foundation, and the Morgan Nick Foundation. She also serves on Fayetteville's Future Committee, the Political Action Committee for the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca was a 2013 graduate of Leadership Fayetteville. She has served on the Steering Committee for the Komen Ozark Race for the Cure and just ended her term of service as a founding member of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Alumni Advisory Council. Rebecca is also a member of the American Bar Association (Business, Tax and Trusts and Estates Sections) and Arkansas Bar Association (Tax and Real Property, Trusts and Estates Sections and Technology Committee).
Rebecca additionally has devoted significant pro bono time to draft a manual and sample wills for Habitat for Humanity’s Wills Project. She is a frequent speaker on business planning, asset protection, taxation, estate planning and tax-exempt organization topics.
SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation, Adopts “Bad Actor” Rules and Proposes Changes to Regulation D and Form D, 2013 Ark. Law Notes, at http://media.law.uark.edu/arklawnotes/2013/07/24/sec-lifts-ban-on-general-solicitation-adopts-bad-actor-rules-and-proposes-changes-to-regulation-d-and-form-d/ (Jul. 24, 2013).
A Change in Planning: Estate of Strangi v. Commissioner’s Effect on the Use of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning, 57 Ark. L. Rev. 595 (2004).
Estate Planning for Hospice Patients: A Manual and Guide for Legal Aid Attorneys, Legal Aid of Arkansas (2008).