Helen Bishop Jenkins

Helen Jenkins

Executive Vice President and Professor of Law

BME, Peabody Conservatory of John Hopkins Institute
MME, Howard University
J.D., University of Houston Law Center

Areas of Expertise

  • Administration of Estates and Guardianships
  • Property
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates

hjenkins@stcl.edu

713-646-1887

Office: 232T

Associate Dean and Professor Helen B. Jenkins teaches, writes and speaks in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Estate Administration and Guardianship Law. Her practice experience in the area of creditor’ rights in decedents’ estates has formed the basis for much of her scholarship and lectures.

Dean Jenkins has authored the textbook Estate Administration and Guardianships in Texas for her skills course of the same name, which adopts a problem-solving medium for instruction in these complex areas. Her scholarship has appeared in law reviews of Harvard Blackletter, Baylor, Alabama, and Seton Hall.

She has taught Wills Trusts and Estates, Administration of Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Responsibility, Property I & II and Mediation. She has been a frequent continuing education lecturer in probate practice areas, real estate in probate and creditor claims in probate proceedings.


ARTICLES

Suit by Self-funded Plan Is Proper Bombardier Aerospace Employee Welfare Benefits Plan v. Ferrer, 41 Hous. Law., May/June 2004, at 52.

DNA and the Slave-Descendant Nexus: a Theoretical Challenge to Traditional Notions of Heirship Jurisprudence , 16 Harv. BlackLetter L.J. 211 (2000).

A Study of the Intersection of DNA Technology, Exhumation and Heirship Determination as it Relates to Modern-Day Descendants of Slaves in America , 50 Ala. L. Rev. 39 (1998).

Creditors’ Rights to Actual Notice of Revocable Trust on Death of Settlor in the Aftermath of Pope: the Blessings of Change, the Sin of Avoidance, and the Forgiving Solution , 19 Seton Hall Legis. J. 453 (1995).

Rights of Unsecured Estate Creditors Under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act in Property Transferred Prior to Death , 45 Okla. L. Rev. 275 (1992).

Privity – A Texas-Size Barrier to Third Parties for Negligent Will Drafting – An Assessment and a Proposal , 42 Baylor L. Rev. 687 (1990).

Foreclosure and the Deceased Mortgagor: How it Affects Power of Sale Under a Deed of Trust , 23 Hous. Law., Nov.-Dec. 1985, at 32.

BOOKS

Administration of Estates and Guardianships in Texas. 2014 ed. (Dallas, TX: Imprimatur Press, 2014).

Administration of Estates and Guardianships in Texas. 2011 ed. (Dallas, TX: Imprimatur Press, 2011).

Administration of Estates and Guardianships in Texas. 2009-2010 ed. (Dallas, TX: Imprimatur Press, 2009).

Administration of Estates and Guardianships in Texas. 2007-2008 ed. (Dallas, TX: Imprimatur Press, 2007).

Administration of Estates and Guardianships in Texas. 2006 ed. (Dallas, TX: Imprimatur Press, 2005).

Administration of Estates and Guardianships in Texas. 2004-2005 ed. (Dallas, TX: Imprimatur Press, 2004).

CHAPTERS

DNA and the Slave-Descendant Nexus: a Theoretical Challenge to Traditional Notions of Heirship Jurisprudence , in Mixed Race America and the Law (New York: New York University Press, 2003).

COMMENTARIES

A Family Matter: a Clone’s Guide to Family Reunions , Chic. Trib., Aug. 13, 1998, Zone N at 19.

PRESENTATIONS & PROCEEDINGS

Basic Estate Planning , State Bar College 15th Annual Summer School (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2013). (Tab 18)

Basic Estate Planning , State Bar College 14th Annual Summer School (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2012). (Tab 18)

Anatomy of a Will , Wills and Probate Institute: with Guardian Ad Litem Certification (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2005). (Tab C)

Alternatives to Formal Probate , Annual Meeting: Nuts and Bolts of Trusts/Probate/Wills (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2003).

Probate Mediation: Crisis Intervention , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 2003). (Tab Q)

Alternatives to Complex Estate Administration , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 2002). (Tab F)

Constitutional and Statutory County Court Probate Jurisdiction , 3rd Annual Building Blocks of Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 2001). (with Hon. Russell Austin) (Chap. 11)

The Mediation Process , 13th Annual Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1999).

Recognizing and Avoiding the Will Contest , 12th Annual Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1998). (Tab G).

Special Documents Involving Title Transfer , Real Estate Documents, Workouts & Closings Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1998).

Ethics and Malpractice: Practical Considerations for Estate Planning & Probate Lawyers: a Case Study , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: Houston Bar Association, 1998).

Ethics at the Courthouse and Understanding the Grievance Process , 11th Annual Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1997). (with Joseph S. Horrigan, Rodney Koenig & Craig Landin) (Tab L)

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , General Practice Institute Summer (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1997).

Mediation in Probate Court , 10th Annual Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1996).

Creditor Claims in Probate Proceedings , Collecting Debts & Judgments (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1996).

Preparing Yourself and Your Client for Mediation and Other ADR Measures , Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1996).

Creditor Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1995).

Representing the Beneficiary , Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1995). (Tab V)

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , General Practice Institute Summer (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1994).

On Death and Dying: Legal and Mental Health Issues for the Practitioner , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1994). (with Betsy S. Comstock) (Tab N)

Creditor Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1994).

Jurisdiction , 17th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1993). (Tab Q)

Drafting Real Estate Documents for the Estate Planning and Probate Practitioner , Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning & Probate (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1993). (with R. C. Stiles)

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1993).

Special Documents Involving Title Transfer , Real Estate Documents, Workouts & Closings Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1993).

Creditor’s Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1993).

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1992).

Special Documents Involving Title Transfer , Real Estate Documents, Workouts & Closings Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1992).

Creditor’s Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1992).

Creditor’s Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1991).

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1991). (Tab P)

Protecting Your Claim in Probate Court , Collection Strategies for Lawyers (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1991). (Tab F)

Special Documents Involving Title Transfer , Real Estate Documents, Workouts & Closings Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1991 ).

Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act: Pre and Post Death , Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Course (Austin: State Bar of Texas, 1991).

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1990). (Tab O)

Protecting Your Claim in Probate Court , Collection Strategies (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1990). (Tab O)

Special Documents Involving Title Transfer , Real Estate Documents, Workouts & Closings Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1990).

Creditor’s Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1989).

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1989). (Tab M)

Special Documents Involving Title Transfer , Real Estate Documents, Workouts & Closings Course (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1989).

Creditor’s Claims in Probate Proceedings , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston, TX: University of Houston, 1988).

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1988). (Tab O)

A Study of the Intersection of DNA Technology, Exhumation and Heirship Determination as it Relates to Modern Day Descendants of Slaves in America , Southeast/Southwest Law Teachers of Color 1998 Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 1998.

Estate Administration and Real Estate Transactions , Advanced Real Estate Short Course (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1987). (Tab G)

Creditor’s Claims: How to Present Them, How to Oppose Them , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1987). (Tab B)

Creditor’s Claims , Wills & Probate Institute (Houston: South Texas College of Law Houston, 1986). (Tab B)

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