Akiens Law Firm PLLC
Protecting and Planning for Generations

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The staff at Akiens Law Firm PLLC knows that finding the right attorney to assist you is a choice not to be taken lightly.  In order to find out if an attorney can assist you, an attorney will need to know what type of legal issue you may be facing so that a solution may be proposed to solve the problem. This is why we offer free "no cost/no obligation" complimentary consultations.  With such a consultation, we are able to complete an analysis of your legal issues to determine if you have an asset protection, estate or business planning problem, or a probate or tax issue.  With such an analysis, we are then able to offer different levels of solutions that fit within your budget while at the same time achieving your goals.  

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Karen

Karen

Managing attorney/owner

Karen Akiens

Karen Akiens received her JD and MBA degrees in May 1997, her Master of Law in Tax (LL.M) degree in May 1998, and her Estate Planning Certificate in January 1999 from Temple University School of Law and School of Business in Philadelphia. Karen is double Board Certified in Probate and Estate Planning, and Tax Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She is also a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas which means she obtains double the amount of CLE credits an attorney is required to obtain each year by the State Bar of Texas.  Karen practiced as an attorney in Philadelphia before moving to Houston in 1999.  For over twenty years she has specialized in the areas of asset protection, estate and gift tax planning, business planning, probate, and taxation. She manages the firm's estate planning, probate, and corporate departments, and she is a member of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, Woodlands Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce, Houston Bar Association, Houston NW Bar Association, Northeast Harris County Bar Association, Woodlands Bar Association, and the Houston Estate and Financial Forum. Karen has given numerous seminars on the issues of asset protection, estate, and business planning, along with probate and tax and received CLE teaching credits for the same.  Before she became a lawyer, Karen served in the US Navy as a Jet Mechanic and Aircrewman.  In the service, she received the privilege of experiencing landing on and taking off from a couple of aircraft carriers. She also became a Plane Captain and was turn-qualified on the CT-39E jet airplane.  This means she was one of the individuals on the tarmac directing the pilots in the airplanes where to go, and when engines were newly installed on an aircraft, she was the one in the cockpit with the airplane fully chained down and wheels chocked running the engines up to full military power to test them. She received an Honorable Discharge and a Cold War Recognition Certificate for her service.  Karen lives with her family in the Magnolia, Texas area, and is a member of Grace Community Church.

 

Education

Temple University School of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1997
Master of Law in Tax (LL.M), 1998
Estate Planning Certificate

Temple University School of Business
(MBA) Master of Business Administration, 1997

Warner Southern College
Business
(BA) Bachelor Arts - Business Studies, 1993

Activities & Affiliations

• Houston Northwest Bar Association
• NE Houston Bar Association
• Houston Bar Association
• Woodlands Bar Association
• South Montgomery County Woodlands Chamber of Commerce
• Magnolia Chamber of Commerce
• NW Houston Chamber of Commerce
• Houston Bar Association
• College of the State Bar of Texas
• Texas Board of Legal Specialization (Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate, and Tax Law)
• State Bar of Texas (Lawyer, Tax Section, and Attorneys in Tax and Probate)

Publications

• NBI, Top LLC Mistakes in Asset Protection and Estate Planning, 2017
• National Business Institute Seminar, Advanced LLCs, 2015
• Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, Choice of Business Entity in Texas, 2004

Bar Admissions

• Texas (active)
• Pennsylvania (inactive)
• New Jersey (inactive)

Awards

• Top Lawyers of Houston, H Texas Magazine, 2017
• Board Certified in Tax Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
• Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2016
• Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2015
• Five Star Wealth Manager, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2014
• Houston's Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2014
• Five Star Estate Planning Attorney, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2014
• Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2014
• Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2013
• Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2013
• Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2012
• Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2011
• Five Star Wealth Manager, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2011
• Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2010
• Five Star Wealth Manager: Best in Client Satisfaction, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2010
• Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2010
• Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2009
• Five Star Wealth Manager, Texas Monthly Magazine, 2009
• Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2009
• Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine, 2008
• Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008
• College of the State Bar of Texas, 2006
• Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Speaking Engagements

•NBI Live Webinar, Top LLC Mistakes in Asset Protection and Estate Planning, 2017
• NBI Webinar, Advanced LLCs, 2016
• NBI live Webinar, Advanced LLCs, 2015
• Keeble Office seminar, Maximize Your Estate/Minimize Your Taxes/Protect Your Assets, 2015
• Houston Northwest Bar Association Seminar, Advanced Asset Protection Planning: LPs and LLCs, 2015
•CPA seminar, Asset Protection Planning/Portability - Pros and Cons, 2015
•CPA breakfast seminar, Dysfunctional Families and Problems Inherent in Same, 2015
•Sam Houston Area Council, Wills & Trusts/Crummy Powers/Portability - Pros and Cons/ Asset Protection Strategies, 2014
•CPA breakfast seminar, Asset Protection/Portability - Pros and  Cons, 2014
•Business and Professional Women, Top 10 Tips for Estate and Asset Protection Planning, 2014
•CPA breakfast seminar, Maximize Your Estate, Minimize Your Taxes, Protect Your Assets and Help Reduce Family Conflict, 2013
•Sam Houston Area Council, Maximize Your Estate, Minimize Your Taxes, Protect Your Assets and Help Eliminate Family Conflict, 2013
•CPA breakfast seminar, The New Tax Act and How it May Impact You, 2013
•Sam Houston Area Council, How to Avoid the Upcoming Tax Armageddon, 2012
•PAMCA Lunch Seminar, Collecting on a Debt, Impact of Debtor Filing Bankruptcy, Mechanics of Filing Lien, 2012
•Dinner Seminar, Maximize Your Wealth, 2012
•Sam Houston Area Council, Maximize Your Estate, Minimize Your Taxes, Protect Your Assets and Help Eliminate Family Conflict, 2011
•Texas Pastor Council and Montgomery County Pastor Council, Church Legal Issues Workshop, 2011
•PAMCA Lunch Seminar, Employee Health Benefits (current bill status in Congress), 2009
•PAMCA Lunch Seminar, Employee Policy Manuals and Enforcement, 2008
•American Wormen's Society of CPAs, Future of Family Limited Partnerships in Estate Planning, 2006
•Accounting Expo, Choice of Business Entities in Texas, 2003

 
 

 
 
 
Tom

Tom

Associate Attorney

Thomas "Tom" G. Hopkins

Tom Hopkins is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law. He earned his
undergraduate degree in Literature and Political Science from the American University in
Washington, D.C. In 2006, Tom began practicing in Probate and Estate Planning in New Orleans
following years in class action and personal injury law. Prior to moving to Texas in 2012, he
operated his own firm. Tom currently maintains a license to practice law in Texas, Louisiana, and California. His practice includes probate, estate planning, asset protection, and business law that intersects with those areas. Tom is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Louisiana State Bar Association, State Bar of California, the Houston Bar Association, the Woodlands Bar Association, and the Northeast Harris County Bar Association. Tom is married and raising two children in Kingwood, Texas. He is an Eagle Scout, is currently serving as a Cub Scout den leader, and is a member of Strawbridge United Methodist Church.

 

Education

University of San Francisco Law School
Class of 1998 J.D.

American University
B.A., Class of 1995

Activities & Affiliations

• Houston Bar Association
• NE Houston Bar Association
• Woodlands Bar Association
• Houston Northwest Bar Association
• State Bar of Texas
• State Bar of California
• State Bar of Louisiana

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted in 2002, California
  • 2012, Texas
  • 2004, Louisiana
 
 

 
 
 
Angie

Angie

Executive Assistant

Angie Hernandez

At Akiens Law Firm, PLLC, Angie Hernandez is the Executive Assistant who provides a welcoming and professional service experience to our clients and handles a number of day to day operations including assisting in the corporate, estate planning, and probate areas of the firm. Angie was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She joined the legal field in 2014 after working in the financial industry for 11 years. Angie obtained her Associates Degree in Business Management at The University of Houston. She is married, has three children, and lives in the NW Houston area.

 
 

 
 
 
Yvonne

Yvonne

paralegal

Yvonne Santellana

At Akiens Law Firm, PLLC, Yvonne Santellana is the Paralegal who assists the attorneys in all the areas of law in which the firm provides services including funding of trusts, changing beneficiary designations, transferring ownership of life insurance policies, changing title of real property, and assisting in the corporate, estate planning, and probate areas. Yvonne was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She joined the legal field in 2013 after working in the financial industry for 18 years. Yvonne studied the area of business at Houston Community College. She has 3 children and lives in the NW Houston area.