Megan N. Watkins
Megan N. Watkins

Megan N. Watkins

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Ms.Watkins is an associate of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP. She focuses her practice in the area of fiduciary litigation, primarily involving trust, estate, and guardianship disputes, representing parties on both sides of the docket. Ms.Watkins also represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in connection with probate procedures, trust and estate administration, guardianship administration, and trust terminations and modifications. Additionally, Ms.Watkins handles appeals of all types of civil matters, especially those arising from and involving trusts, estates, wills, probate matters, and guardianships.

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2015)
  • The University of California – Los Angeles (B.A., History and Political Science, College Honors, 2012)

Professional Memberships and Honors

  • Selected for inclusion in the 2nd–3rd Editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in AmericaTM  in the practice area of Trusts and Estates Litigation (2023)
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, sponsored by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly (2022)
  • REPTL Leadership Academy Class of 2020–2021
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association Leadership Academy Class of 2019–2020
  • Board Member, Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas (Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
  • Member, Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, National Association of Charitable Gift Planning
  • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas
International Bar Association
The College of the State Bar of Texas
Super Lawyers, Rising Stars - Megan Watkins
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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

Teaching the ABCs to Your Trustees: How to Provide Practical Instructions to New Trustees

State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First (or Next) Trust Course
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2021

Navigating Cross-Border Issues in Fiduciary Litigation

State Bar of Texas, Fiduciary Litigation Course
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Co-Presenter
2020

Disclosure Issues Arising Outside of Fiduciary Relationships

State Bar of Texas, Fiduciary Litigation Course
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Co-Presenter
2019

Borrowed Trouble: Common Conflicts and Mistakes to Avoid in Your Estate Planning Practice

University of Texas School of Law Special Needs Trusts Conference, Austin, Texas
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2018

Strategies for Suing and Defending Fiduciary Decision Making

State Bar of Texas Fiduciary Litigation Course
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author/Presenter
2018

Avoiding Contests: Donor Relations When Legal Capacity Becomes an Issue

Charitable Gift Planners of Austin, December 10, 2018
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Co-Presenter
2018

Standing and Capacity to Sue in Estate and Trust Litigation

State Bar of Texas 10th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course, December 10-11, 2015
Presentation/Publication
Co-Author
2015