Stephen J. Helman
Stephen J. Helman

Stephen J. Helman

Retired

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Mr. Helman was a founding partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP. Mr. Helman specialized in probate and estate planning law. He also served as one of four attorneys responsible for drafting and grading the Texas Board of Legal Specialization’s annual examination in estate planning and probate law. Mr. Helman was regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his practice areas and recognized by SuperLawyers. Mr. Helman was also a former All American swimmer at Southern Methodist University. He is now retired from the practice of law and lives in Austin.

Education

  • University of Texas Law School (J.D., with honors, 1978)
  • Independent Study Program, Perkins School of Theology (1971-1973)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.A., Spanish and Religion, 1971)

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

West Group
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1995

A Brief History of Asset Protection Trusts

ALI CLE Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, January 2022
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2022

Truth, Transparence, and The Right of Privacy

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

The Financial Action Task Force and the Legal Profession

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

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

49th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, Orlando, Florida
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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2009

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

U.S. Taxation of International Operations
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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
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Co-Author/Presenter
2003

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