News

Austin attorney Jason R. Flaherty honored by Texas Bar Foundation

Mr. Jason R. Flaherty with Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden PLLC has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Flaherty's contributions to the legal profession.

Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the State Bar of Texas. Each year one-third of one percent of State Bar members are invited to become Fellows. Once nominees are selected, they must be elected by the Texas Bar Foundation Board of Trustees. Membership has grown from an initial 255 Charter Members in 1965 to more than 9,500 Fellows throughout Texas today.

The Texas Bar Foundation is the largest charitably funded bar foundation in the country. Founded in 1965 by lawyers determined to assist the public and improve the profession of law, the Texas Bar Foundation has maintained its mission of using the financial contributions of its membership to build a strong justice system for all Texans. To date, the Texas Bar Foundation has distributed more than $18 million throughout Texas to assist nonprofit organizations with a wide range of justice-related programs and services. For more information, contact the Texas Bar Foundation at www.txbf.org.

Katherine C. Akinc named "2018 Rising Star."

Law and Politics as seen in Texas Monthly magazine has named Katherine C. Akinc a Rising Star for 2018 by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Rueters publication.

Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden named Tier 1 Law Firm in Trusts & Estates; Frances H. Bennett, Rhonda H. Brink, Alvin J. Golden, and Jerry Frank Jones named in Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America has named Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden as a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in the area of Trusts & Estate Law and each of Frances H. Bennett, Rhonda H. Brink, Alvin J. Golden, and Jerry Frank Jones as one of the top attorneys in the area of Trusts and Estates in its 2018 edition. Al, Frances, Jerry, and Rhonda have enjoyed multiple consecutive honors in Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers lists attorneys in all 50 states who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which thousands of the nation's top attorneys evaluate their peers. Lawyers are selected based solely on the vote of their peers.

Over the past 20 years, Al, Frances, Jerry, and Rhonda have been pioneers in estate planning and have built reputations among their peers as leading attorneys in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates.

The firm is excited to announce the addition of highly respected attorneys, Al Golden, Jerry Frank Jones, and Kat Akinc. Effective August 28, 2017, the name of the firm is Brink Bennett Flaherty Golden pllc.

Al, Jerry, and Kat are each Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and will bring substantial depth and experience to the firm's estate planning, taxation, estate and trust administration, probate, and fiduciary and trust litigation practices.

With the additions of Al, Jerry, and Kat, the firm boasts 7 attorneys that are Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate, more than any other law firm in Central Texas. Al and Jerry are both past Chairs of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. In 2010, Al was presented the Outstanding Probate and Trust Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award by the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Rhonda H. Brink, Frances H. Bennett, Jason R. Flaherty, Alvin J. Golden and Jerry Frank Jones named "Texas Super Lawyer." Katherine C. Akinc named "2017 Rising Star."

Law and Politics as seen in Texas Monthly magazine has named each of Rhonda H. Brink, Frances H. Bennett, Jason R. Flaherty, Alvin J. Golden and Jerry Frank Jones a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning and Probate in its 2017 edition. Additionally, Katherine C. Akinc has been named a Rising Star for 2017 by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Rueters publication

Rhonda H. Brink, Frances H. Bennett, and Jason R. Flaherty named "Texas Super Lawyer" by Law and Politics as seen in Texas Monthly magazine

Law and Politics as seen in Texas Monthly magazine has named each of Rhonda H. Brink, Frances H. Bennett, and Jason R. Flaherty a Texas Super Lawyer in the area of Estate Planning and Probate in its 2016 edition.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Frances H. Bennett and Rhonda H. Brink named in Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers in America has named each Frances H. Bennett and Rhonda H. Brink as one of the top attorneys in the area of Trusts and Estates in its 2016 edition. Both Rhonda and Frances have enjoyed multiple consecutive honors in Best Lawyers in America.

Best Lawyers lists attorneys in all 50 states who have been chosen through an exhaustive survey in which thousands of the nation's top attorneys evaluate their peers. Lawyers are selected based solely on the vote of their peers.

Over the past 20 years, Frances and Rhonda have been pioneers in estate planning and have built reputations among their peers as leading attorneys in the area of Wills, Trusts and Estates.

Rhonda H. Brink and Frances H. Bennett selected to publish Women Leaders in the Law

In March 2016, Best Lawyers will publish the first-ever Women in the Law Edition, produced in collaboration with Ms. JD. Now celebrating its tenth year, Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Rhonda H. Brink and Frances H. Bennett have been selected as Women Leaders in the Law. The inaugural issue aims to go beyond the usual dialogue about diversity in the workplace, offering frank, practical commentary on a variety of subjects, including mentoring, innovation in practice, and the importance of bringing more women into the boardroom.


Events

Al Golden to speak at 24th Annual Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Course

On April 13, 2018, Al Golden will speak at the 24th Annual Advanced Estate Planning Strategies Course in Santa Fe, New Mexico sponsored by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Al’s presentation will be addressed to an audience of several hundred attorneys who specialize in trust and estate planning. Al’s panel presentation is titled "Watch Out for the Thorns When You Catch the Bouquet: Modern Day Problems with Divorce and Community Property.”

Al Golden to speak at the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel on October 26, 2017, Tampa, Florida.

The topic of his presentation is Back to the Future - The Marital Deduction from Before ERTA to After ATRA.

Katherine C. Akinc to speak at the 28th Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting course in Houston.

Her topic is "Save the QTIPs for Your Ears: Drafting Alternative Marital Trusts."

Jason R. Flaherty to speak at 40th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course

On June 23, 2016, Jason R. Flaherty will speak at the 40th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course in San Antonio sponsored by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Jason's presentation will be addressed to an audience of several hundred attorneys who specialize in trust and estate planning. Jason's presentation is titled "Estate Planning for the Terminally Ill Client.”

Rhonda H. Brink and Jason R. Flaherty to speak at 27th Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course

On October 6-7, 2016, Jason R. Flaherty and Rhonda H. Brink will be speakers at the 27th Annual Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course in Dallas sponsored by the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Jason's and Rhonda's presentations will be addressed to an audience of several hundred attorneys who specialize in preparing wills, trusts and other estate planning documents. Jason's presentation is titled "The Legal Requirements of Aircraft Ownership" and focuses on the tax and other legal issues frequently encountered with private aircraft. Rhonda's presentation, co-presented with Brooke Hardie, is titled "Drafting Property Agreements for Unmarried Couples" and addresses the impact of new laws on existing estate plans for same-gender spouses and committed couples and drafting tools for same-gender spouses who may or may not be formally or informally married.