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Steven John Clausen

Probate Attorney at The Woodlands, TX

5.0   9 reviews

also known as Steven J. Clausen, Steve Clausen


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About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Business
    20%
    Formation of business entities, business tax planning, succession planning, exit planning, purchases and sales of businesses, and general business advice and contracts; service as director; general counsel services

    45 years, 1,400 cases

  2. Estate planning
    20%
    Provide sophisticated wealth preservation and transfer services, together with traditional estate planning involving Wills, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives and related documents; private wealth counsel services, and provide probate and estate administration services.

    45 years, 1,400 cases

  3. Probate
    20%
    Handle all types of probate matters including indpendent administrations, dependent administrations, will contests, will construction suits, creditor claims in probate, removal and defense of executors and administrators.

    45 years, 600 cases

  4. Tax
    20%
    Estate, gift, generation-skipping and income tax planning for individuals and enties.

    45 years, 1,200 cases

  5. Trusts
    20%
    Create all types of trusts, including probate avoidance, life insurance, charitable, GRATS, ILITS, SLATS, QPERTS, QTIPS, creditor shelter, BDGRTS; removal and defense of trustees;rust construction suits; and trust reformations.

    45 years, 1,400 cases

Board Certfied in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of legal Specialization. Large firm experience as a partner with the personal touch of a boutique firm.  I provide comprehensive estate, business, asset, tax, succession planning, and probate advoidance services.  I also provide transition planning for ranchers and farmers.

I and  enjoy golfing and like to travel.  College football is my favorite sports event to watch and the Iowa Hawkeyes are my favorite team. 

 I was raised on a farm in Northwest Iowa and particularly enjoy representing ranchers and farmers.  Based on my education and large law firm  background, I am able to provide the owners of private companies and high net worth individuals comprehensive planning and legal representation in the areas of wealth preservation and transfer, business planning, including structuring liquidity events and tax planning.

My practice includes providing a full range of estate planning, trust planning, probate, tax planning, and charitable planning services as well as acting as an executor, trustee or trust protector.

  I also act as outside general counsel for non-public companies.

 

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Licensed for 44 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1982
Updated 10/23/2022
State MO
Status Good Standing, Active
Acquired 1978
Updated 01/01/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Steven

Hopkins Centrich Winkelman & Drucker PLLC
150 Pine Forest Drive
Suite 303
The Woodlands, TX, 77384
Steven Clausen
9102 Powhatan Drive
San Antonio, TX, 78230
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Posted by Alice F | January 14, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate
He explained, very simply via email, on a Sunday, the answer I had asked. It was very helpful
Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2013
Steven Clausen is one of the best! Very professional.
He was willing to listen to my case and give me some wonderful suggestions that helped out a lot in moving my case forward. He goes that extra mile. I really liked his availability. He was always there when I needed to speak with him. A real plus!
Posted by Donna | June 5, 2013
Estate of deceased spouse-will probated
Mr. Clausen knew his business and how to handle my issue regarding the estate of my late husband. My issue involved the estate of my deceased spouse that was probated 10 years ago. A debt collection agency tried to contact me 10 years later telling me that money was owed and that was not the case. I am forever grateful for Mr. Clausen's advice.
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Posted by Daniel Saucedo | May 22, 2013
Talented and Caring Attorney Who Provides Great Service
Mr. Clausen has represented me for over ten years in a wide variety of business matters as well as on a personal basis. His wise counsel has prevented me from making costly mistakes and helped my business prosper. He is dedicated to helping you succeed and is always there when you need him. I recommend him highly.
Posted by Michelle | April 4, 2013
Review of Mr. Clausen & Staff
Very knowledgeable attorney, created our trust. I knew very little coming in, spoke in laymen for us non-attorney people! His assisting attorneys wraped things up, although young, were equally as professional and knowledgeable. I would recommend Mr. Clausen and Staff to anyone wanting a trust established.
Posted by Don | April 4, 2013
Outstanding attorney
Having worked with Steven over the years I have found him extremely knowledgeable & helpful.
Posted by Kristin | April 4, 2013
Private Business Owner in San Antonio TX
Steve Clausen is very knowledgeable in the areas of estate planning; partnerships and corporate business law. We have used his services for over 25 years now and he has guided us through many complex decisions. He was extremely thorough in estate preparation in our personal and business lives. And he continues to give us sound legal advice as we continue to run our third generation business. Steve prepared my personal Will In Testament and helped make the process as easy to understand as possible so that I made the best choices for my family. He extolled the benefits and helped create a Limited Partnership with my business partner in order to expand our estate planning capacity. I would easily recommend Steve Clausen as a top rate attorney.
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Posted by Gary | April 2, 2013
Trustworthy Lawyer
Mister Clausen represented me to the Court in the handling of the Probate of my family Will. He was very thorough, concise and professional. He listened to my concerns and then guided me to an excellent result. I definitely would recommend Steve Clausen.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2013
Contested Probate
Mr. Clausen personally handled my case in a timely manner and kept me updated with the status of affairs on a frequent basis. He was careful to advise me of all possible outcomes as the case progressed, which allowed me to follow a course of action that ultimately led to a reasonable outcome. I would strongly recommend his professional legal services.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-525 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member & Chair of Wealth Preservation & Probate Section
  • Caldwell East & Finlayson PLLC
  • 2020 - Present

Education

  • New York University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws (in Taxation)
  • 1982
  • University of Iowa
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Master of Business Administration
  • 1974
  • University of Iowa
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 1972
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Legal Cases

  • Complicated Probate
  • Heirs determined, administrator appointed in each state and property sold with heirs getting money.

Associations

  • Missouri State Bar
  • Member of Probate Committee
  • 2000 - Present
  • Houston Bar Assoication
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1982 - Present
  • Amercican Bar Association
  • 1978 - Present
  • Onion Creek Homeowners Association
  • Director
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Helping Aged Needy & Elderly, Inc.
  • President & Director
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Estate Panning Council of Central Texas
  • Director
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Austin Groups for the Elderly
  • Director
  • 2004 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Wealth Manager-Estate Planning
  • Five Star Professional
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Trusts & Estates
  • Amercian Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Tax Law
  • American Lawyer Media & Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Five Star Wealth Manager--Estate Planning
  • Five Star Professional
  • 2012
  • Five Star Wealth Manager--Estate Planning
  • Five Star Professionals
  • 2011
  • Five Star Wealth Manager--Estate Planning
  • Five Star Professionals
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 1987
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Publications

  • The Woodlands Villager
  • Barrister's Corner
  • 1996

Speaking Engagements

  • Houston Society of Financial Service Professionals May Meeting
  • Succession Planning
  • 2011
  • Administering an Estate in Texas
  • Texas Probate Options
  • 2011
  • Administering an Estate in Texas
  • Probate Alternatives
  • 2010
  • Texas Business Entities
  • Types of Business Entities
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (16)
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Business Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Clausen is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for his outstanding professionalism. He was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating his time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt he will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within his main areas of practice."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Clausen has provided sage advice in a variety of estate planning matters. It says a lot about an attorney who will take time out of his busy schedule to provide free legal advice. I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Jul 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer - great asset to the community."
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent lawyer. Well respected."
Real estate Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Clausen and I practice in some of the same areas of law. I have had the privilege of reviewing many of her responses and comments to questions posted on Avvo. His answers and comments reflect a deep understanding of the law and have provided helpful information. I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven's answers on Avvo are precise and on-point. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Steve Clausen is an excellent attorney. I am continually impressed with his extensive knowledge of estate planning, probate, wealth preservation planning, tax, and business planning matters. I have greatly benefitted from his knowledge and expertise myself. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable, but he is also a genuinely nice person who cares about his clients and their legal matters. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who has legal needs."
Business Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Other
"Steven does an excellent job of responding to inquiries on AVVO. I don't believe I have ever disagreed with anything he has written. I would not hesitate to refer a matter to him."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Steve on several matters over the past several years. In my experience, Steve's knowledge and skills are outstanding. I have found it easy to collaborate with Steve and he I know he serves his client's interests wel."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Clausen is one of the best lawyers that I know. He is extremely knowledgeable in estate and business planning matters. Many times, when I have a question, I run it by Steve. Not only is Steve top-notch in his areas of practice, but he is personable and makes his clients immediately feel at ease when working with him. I heartily endorse Steve Clausen and urge anyone looking for a skilled and creative attorney, to call Steve. You will not be sorry that you did. Jim Voeller"
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve's competence and professionalism is unsurpassed."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven and I practice in some of the same areas of law. I have reviewed many of his responses and comments to questions presented on the board. Steven's answers and comments reflect a deep understanding of the law and have provided helpful information to the people asking questions and his fellow lawyers. I endorse this lawyer.."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Based on Steven's responses on AVVO, I find him to be a competent attorney that makes valuable comments."
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