Jeffrey T. Knebel
Jeffrey T. Knebel

Jeffrey T. Knebel

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Mr. Knebel is a partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP and practices primarily in the areas of probate and fiduciary litigation involving executors, trustees, attorneys, and other fiduciaries, will contests, guardianships, and estate planning and probate issues, representing both fiduciaries and beneficiaries. He also handles contentious trust cases that involve advising settlors, trustees, protectors, and asset holders in high value disputes relating to the validity of international trusts and foreign asset protection structures. He frequently represents charitable organizations in a wide variety of controversies. He also has significant jury and bench trial experience in real estate-related litigation and commercial litigation, including representing individuals and large and small businesses in contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty cases, fraud and misrepresentation claims, defamation cases, and insurance coverage disputes.

Education

  • Baylor University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1990), Associate Editor, Baylor Law Review
  • Southwestern University (B.A., Finance, with honors, 1987)

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Director, Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
  • Member, Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners
  • Past Member, Young Men’s Business League of Austin
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Select Publications and Presentations

Asset Protection: Domestic and International Law and Tactics (four volumes; updated quarterly)

West Group
Publication
Contributing Author/Co-Editor
1995

A Brief History of Asset Protection Trusts

ALI CLE Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, January 2022
Publication
Author
2022

Truth, Transparence, and The Right of Privacy

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Law Journal, Volume 46, Number 3, Summer 2021
Publication
Author
2021

The Financial Action Task Force and the Legal Profession

New York Law School Law Review, 2014/15, Volume 59, Number 3
Publication
Author
2015

Asset Protection Trusts Under Attack – Views from the Bench and Bar

49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2015

Asset Protection Trust Planning Using Traditional Estate Planning Techniques

Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, 32nd Annual Estate Planning Institute, Las Cruses, New Mexico
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2015

The Financial Action Task Force and The Good Practices Guidance

New Mexico State Bar 2012 Bridge the Gap, Albuquerque, New Mexico; The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Southeast Regional Meeting, Savannah, Georgia; The National College of Probate Judges, Jekyll Island, Georgia; Connecticut Bar Association Probate Section Meeting, New Haven Connecticut; The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel New England Regional Meeting, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2011

The Financial Action Task Force and Its Impact on The Practice of Law

33rd Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, Houston, Texas (2009); 44th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2009

Asset Protection: Trust Planning

American Law Institute – American Bar Association Course of Study, Planning Techniques for Large Estates, New York, New York (April, 2009)
Presentation
Co-Author/Presenter
2009

Converting an Asset Protection Trust into a Tax-Efficient Wealth Reserve

U.S. Taxation of International Operations
Publication
Co-Author
2003

The Influence of Spanish and Mexican Laws on the Property and Probate Laws of Texas

The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, Santiago, Chile
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2003

Publications and Presentations

All Publications and Presentations

International Debt, Death and Taxes

Legal Week, International Trusts and Estates Litigation Forum, Provence, France
Presentation
Presenter
2012

Trustee Disclosure

State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course
Presentation
Presenter
2012

The Fiduciary Duty of Full Disclosure: Knowing When and What to Disclose

State Bar of Texas, Fiduciary Litigation: Beyond the Basics Course
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2011

Discovery in the United States – Can it Apply to Lawsuits from Other Countries?

2nd Annual Liechtenstein Forum on Asset Protection
Presentation
Presenter
2011

When the Attorney General Calls

State Bar of Texas, Governance of Nonprofit Organizations Course
Presentation
Presenter
2010

Will Contests: Helping Your Estate Planning Clients Avoid the Quagmire

Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2010

Ethical Traps for the Estates and Trusts Attorney

Austin Bar Association, 2009 Estate Planning and Probate Law Section Seminar
Presentation
Co-Presenter
2009

Ethical Traps for the Estates and Trusts Attorney

Dallas Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Law Section
Presentation
Co-Presenter
2008

Fiduciary Litigation Issues in Asset Protection and Bankruptcy

State Bar of Texas, Fiduciary Litigation Seminar
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2008

Procedural and Evidentiary Tips and Traps in Guardianship Litigation

Tarrant County Probate Bar Association Litigation Seminar
Presentation/Publication
Author/Presenter
2004

Fiduciary Litigation

State Bar of Texas, Austin Legal Assistants Division
Presentation
Presenter
2004