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Alvin J. Golden

Jerry Frank Jones, Shareholder
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Mr. Jones specializes in wills, estates and trust, and is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice is concentrated in litigation and controversies arising from wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney.

Mr. Jones has been named a Super Lawyer, sponsored by Thomson Reuters as printed by Texas Monthly magazine from 2003-2015, and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Mr. Jones has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker. Some of those articles are available on this website.

Mr. Jones has worked in various capacities to improve Texas's probate, trust and guardianship laws. Most recently he chaired the Pattern Jury Charge Committee sub-committee drafting jury charges for probate, guardianship and trust cases. From 1999 to 2005 he was the legislative liaison for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar. He served on the Legislative Interim Study Committee on Community Property Laws in 1999 and 2000. In 2001 he was a member of the Uniform Trust Law Committee for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar.

He is also a past chair of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar. He has served on committees of the American Bar Association and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Education:

  • Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., B.A. 1967
  • University of Texas-Austin, J.D, 1971

Licenses/Admissions:

  • All Courts in the State of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U. S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • United States Tax Court

Certification:

Board Certified Estate Planning and Probate by the State Bar of Texas.

Fellow:

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Instructor:

University of Texas, Legal Assistant Program, Estate Planning & Probate (1989-1995)

Recognitions & Honors:

  • Super Lawyer, sponsored by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, sponsored by Woodward/White publishers, 2006-2013
  • Lawyer of the Year 2015: Litigation-Trusts and Estates Austin, Best Lawyers

Articles/Speeches:

Bar Associations and Activities:

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • Elected 1989
    • State Laws Committee
    • Fiduciary Litigation Committee
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Pattern Jury Charges: Family Probate Law; Probate Subcommittee Chair (2009-2012)
    • Pattern Jury Charges: Family & Probate Co-Vice Chair (2009-present)
    • Chair, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas (2001-2002)
    • Solutions 2012 Committee, Special Committee Appointed by President of the State Bar of Texas (2012); dissenting report
    • Legislative Liaison, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas (1997-2003)
    • Council: Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section (1994-1998)
    • Probate Code Committee, Section on Real Estate, Probate and Trust, State Bar of Texas (1989)
    • Member of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Academy of Probate Lawyers: Legislative Liaison (1997-present)
  • Travis County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors - (1986-1988)
    • Past Chairman, Probate Section
  • Bastrop County Bar Association

Texas Legislature:

  • Interim Committee on Transfer of Death Deeds (2014)
  • Legislative Liaison, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas (1997-2003)
  • Legislative Liaison, Texas Academy of Probate Lawyers (1997-2003)
  • Member, Texas Legislative Interim Study Committee on Community Property Laws (1999-2000)
  • Member, Uniform Trust Code Study Committee, Texas Real Estate Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas.

Community Involvement:

Board of Directors: Austin Alzheimer's Association; Combined Community Action Agency; City of Elgin Historical Review Board and Bastrop County Food Pantry.