Jennifer Elskes

Jennifer Elskes

Houston, Texas

Ms. Elskes is a partner in the firm advising clients on all phases of estate planning, probate, and trust law. Her practice includes preparation of wills, generation-skipping trusts, insurance trusts, bypass trusts, marital property agreements, grantor retained annuity trusts, special needs trusts and related documents. She also represents clients in estate and business planning for small, mid-sized and large closely-held businesses, including family limited partnerships.

Ms. Elskes has had significant experience in all phases of estate planning and administration, including the development of estate plans and succession plans, probate of estates, complex estate and gift tax returns and audits, drafting and negotiating premarital and postmarital agreements, and family settlement agreements.

Reflecting the excellence of her practice, she has been selected to the list of Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Probate
  • Wills and Trusts

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1979


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas - 1979
  • Carleton College
    • B.A. - 1976
  • Rice University - 1974


  • Using the QTIP in Marital Deduction Planning
  • A Primer for the Savvy Professional: Introduction to Estate Planning for Bank Officers
  • Practical Estate Planning for the Closely Held Business Owner
  • Estate and Gift Tax Audits How to Handle them and How to Avoid Them
  • A Primer for Parents: Estate Planning for Special Children
  • Estate Planning for the 21st Century
  • Introduction to Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning Fundamentals
  • International Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning for Legal Professionals

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Super Lawyer - 2008, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Attorneys In Tax and Probate, Board Member, three terms
  • Probate, Trusts & Estate Law Section, Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Houston Business and Estate Planning Council, Member
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum, Member
  • Rice University Business and Professional Women, Board Member, four terms
  • Charter 100, Former Board Member