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Golden, Alvin J.

Al Golden is a shareholder of Brink Bennett Golden LLP, and his practice is entirely estate planning and probate and trust administration. In addition, Mr. Golden serves as an expert witness and also mediates.

Mr. Golden was presented the Outstanding Probate and Trust Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 by the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, past member of its Board of Regents, and past Chair of its Estate and Gift Tax Committee. He is an Academician in the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. Mr. Golden also served as President of the Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers, is past Chair for the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and was legislative liaison for the Section for ten years. He is active in local, state and national bar activities, and a frequent CLE speaker and author, having spoken at the Heckerling Institute in Miami, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, American Federal Tax Institute, International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers, Notre Dame, and the NYU Institute of Federal Taxation, among others. Mr. Golden was an adjunct professor teaching Estate Planning with Retirement Benefits for the University of Miami Law School LLM in Estate Planning program.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Trust Administration

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • LL.B. - 1965
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1968
  • The University of Texas
    • B.B.A. - 1962
    • Major: Accounting
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 1965

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1965
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

Past Positions

Honors

  • Who's Who in American Law, Marquis, 1986
  • Who's Who in America, Marquis, 1985
  • Best Lawyers' in America, Woodward/White Publishers, 1985
  • Super Lawyers in Texas, Thomson Reuters Publishers, 2003 - 2011
  • Top 50 Lawyers in Central & West Texas, 2008 - 2010
  • Distinguished Probate and Trust Attorney Lifetime Achievement Award, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2010
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 1980

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Estate Planning With Retirement Benefits, University of Miami, School of Law, LLM Program, 2007 to 2009
  • Speaker, Heckerling Institute in Miami
  • Speaker, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Speaker, American Federal Tax Institute
  • Speaker, International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers, Notre Dame
  • Speaker, NYU Institute of Federal Taxation

Pro-Bono Activities

  • President, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, 1969 to 1972
  • Chair, Austin Arts Commission, 1975 to 1981
  • President, Paramount Theatre, 1985 to 1988
  • Austin Tomorrow Task Force, 1985 to 1988

Published Works

  • "Creditor’s Rights in IRA’s" ALI-ABA Estate Planning in Depth, 2012
  • "WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot, An Introduction to the Solutions Provided and Issues Raised by the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Restoration, and Job Creation Act of 2010" Advanced Estate Planning, 2011
  • "It should not be this hard: A look at trusts as beneficiaries of retirement benefits" The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2010
  • "Selected problems in planning with retirement benefits: Community property Issues and creditor’s rights" Heckerling, 2009
  • "Fiduciary Litigation and the UPIA Twins" Fiduciary Litigation, Dallas, Texas, 2008
  • "What we need are a few more acronyms: A guide to drafting beneficiary designations for retirement benefits" State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • Appendices to "What we need are a few more acronyms: A guide to drafting beneficiary designations for retirement benefits" State Bar of Texas, 2007
  • "Estate Planning for Retirement Benefits", 2007
  • "The UPIA Twins: Are they Evil or Simply Conjoined?", Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, 2006
  • "Trying not to render unto Caesar-Charitable gifts of retirement benefits", 2005
  • "An Overview of Community Property Law: The Basic Rules for Determining the Classification of Property", ACTEC, 2005
  • "Going through the drill: A brief overview of oil and gas in estates and trusts", U.S. Trust Corporation, 2002
  • "To love, honor, cherish and act as a fiduciary—A frightening new component of the marital compact", Southwest Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, 2001
  • "An Overview of Texas Community Property Law"

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Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1977
  • Certified Public Accountant

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow, 1980 - Present, 1980 to Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Chair, 1995 to 1998
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Board of Regents, Member, 1994 to 2000
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Texas State Chairman, 1989 to 1994
  • Academician, International Academy of Trust and Estate Law, 1990
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Council, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Council, Legislative Chairman, 1991 to 1997
  • Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers, President
  • Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Legislative Liaison
  • Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers, Chair, 2008 to 2009

Current Employment Positions

  • Shareholder
  • Principal

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