Duncan E. Osborne

Duncan E. Osborne

Osborne, Helman, Scott, Knisely & Stanton, LLP

Recognized since 1989

Austin, Texas

Practice Areas

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Trusts and Estates

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Trusts and Estates
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Duncan E. Osborne is a partner of Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School (JD, with honors, 1971). His core practice is domestic and international estate planning with an emphasis on asset protection planning. A former adjunct professor of law at The University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Osborne devotes significant energy to lecturing and writing in his practice area as well as helping clients with regard to all aspects of their estate planning. He is a frequent author and lecturer on estate planning topics generally and has made presentations and published articles both domestically and internationally on the subject of offshore trust and asset protection planning. One of the pioneers in the field of asset protection, Mr. Osborne conceived and was the original editor and a contributing author of the four-volume treatise, Asset Protection: Domestic and International Law and Tactics, published by Clark Boardman Callaghan in 1995 (a loose leaf service updated quarterly). He was also the founding chair of the American Bar Association's Asset Protection Committee. Mr. Osborne is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Osborne is retained by foreign governments and financial institutions to advise them on trust and tax issues. He has also been called upon to serve as an expert witness on both sides of the docket in cases involving asset protection planning.

Contact & Links
  • 301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1910
    Austin, TX 78701
  • English
  • Stanford University, B.A., English, graduated 1966
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, State Bar of Texas
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners - Member
  • The International Bar Association - Member
  • International Tax Planning Association - Member
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas - Member
  • State Bar of Texas - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Steve Leimberg Asset Protection Newsletter - Technical Editor, 2006 to date
  • The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law - Academician; Member, Executive Committee, Vice President
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Fellow; Member, Board of Regents; Vice President; Executive Committee; Former Chair, International Estate Planning Committee

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Trusts and Estates
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Austin (2014)
  • Trusts and Estates, Austin (2011)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Trusts and Estates
Special Focus:
  • Asset Protection
  • Estate Planning
  • International
  • Nonprofit Organizations and Charitable Giving
  • Probate
  • Tax
  • Listed in Who's Who
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed as Texas Super Lawyer

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