Michael B. Knisely

Michael B. Knisely

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP
 | 301 Congress Avenue, Suite 1910
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-542-2000
Fax: 512-542-2011
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Appellate (20%)
Attorney Profile

Michael Knisely is a partner at Osborne, Helman, Knebel & Scott, LLP in Austin. His practice focuses on estate and trust litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants across the state of Texas.  Mr. Knisely also handles a wide variety of civil appeals in both state and federal appellate courts, with a focus on trust, estate and fiduciary matters that have been appealed.  Additionally, Mr. Knisely  represents institutional corporate fiduciaries, advising on complex or contentious trust and estate administration matters.  Mr. Knisely graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in 1999, and he earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002.  Prior to entering private practice Mr. Knisely served as a judicial clerk to judges on both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

About Michael Knisely

Admitted: 2004, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.ohkslaw.com/Attorneys/Michael-B-Knisely.shtml

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Vice-President of Austin Chapter of National Association of Charitable Gift Planners, 2018
  • Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presentation and paper focusing on specific considerations applicable when formalizing the settlements of trust and estate disputes, including accounting for fiduciary duties and tax issues., Speaker/Presenter, Drafting Settlement Agreements to Resolve Trust & Estate Disputes, State Bar of Texas Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, 2018
  • A summary of the emerging field of digital assets and how they are administered in decedent's estates., Co-Author/Co-Presenter, Accessing and Managing Digital Assets after Death, Austin Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Law Section, 2013
  • An analysis of case law and the applicable legal concepts under Texas law regarding the grounds for contesting wills, and practical ways estate planners can endeavor to avoid such disputes., Author/Presenter, Avoiding Will Contests: Practical Advice For Your Estate Planning Clients, State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2015
  • An in depth look at the practical application of the duty of full disclosure for fiduciaries serving as trustees and personal representatives of estates., Author/Presenter, Complete Truth: Fiduciary Relationships and the Duty of Full Disclosure, State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2017
  • A practical presentation on the nuts and bolts of judicial modification of trusts in Texas, and considerations for practitioners considering such proceedings., Co-Presenter, Trust Modifications: Balancing Competing Interests, University of Texas School of Law Estate Planning, Guardianship, and Elder Law Conference, 2017
  • A detailed paper regarding the steps involved in procuring and administering guardianships under Texas law., Co-Author, The Role of the Guardian Under Texas Law, 2017
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Office Location for Michael B. Knisely

301 Congress Avenue
Suite 1910
Austin, TX 78701

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Last Updated: 12/7/2018

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