Founded in 1980, The Blum Firm is a leader in areas of estate planning, tax planning, probate, tax controversy, asset protection planning, planning for closely-held businesses, and tax-exempt organizations. As a specialty firm, we strive to provide the ideal environment to advise high net-worth families, professionals, and businesses on tax, estate planning, and related matters. We place special emphasis on truly understanding our clients’ goals, both tax and non-tax related, and designing creative plans to achieve those goals. Maintaining our clients’ confidentiality is also a high priority. Each situation is unique, and we take pride in providing customized solutions that meet our clients’ needs.
In addition to our traditional lines of practice, we also advise businesses on ways to minimize taxes, protect the business and its owners from liability exposure, and plan for business succession at death or retirement. In the current environment, individuals are seeking the firm’s services more and more for asset protection purposes, including protecting their children’s inheritance from creditors, divorce, and taxes. Foresight and advance planning significantly impact your ability to provide security for future generations.
Our attorneys work as a team to generate creative and customized plans. Although the work is technical, we value clear communication and practical solutions that our clients can understand. We are committed not only to providing top quality work and service, but also to educating our clients to ensure that they are completely comfortable with their plan.
Each of our team members is carefully selected based on strong academic credentials and technical skills. The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has certified nine of our attorneys in Estate Planning and Probate Law and two in Tax Law. Nine are also Certified Public Accountants.
The combined expertise of our attorneys enables the firm to stay on the cutting edge of new developments and take a proactive approach to tax planning. After all, success is in the planning.
Kent H. McMahan, J.D., Senior Counsel, received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his B.A. magna cum laude in History and Political Science from Baylor University. Mr. McMahan, a former senior partner of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in the Houston office served as the leader of its trusts and estate group before leaving after 39 years to move to Dallas. He has been Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 20 years. In 1984, Mr. McMahan was Chair of the Texas Trust Code Committee that was involved in the first codification of Texas trust laws. He served as Chair of the State Bar Section of Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law in 1987-88. Mr. McMahan has been active in the leadership of the ABA Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, serving as committee chair and council member, and was an ABA member of the National Conference of Lawyers and Corporate Fiduciaries. Mr. McMahan serves as a Director of Concord Trust Company, a state chartered for profit Trust Company affiliated with the Baptist Foundation of Texas. McMahan received a Distinguished Service Award from the Houston Bar Association Section of Probate, Trust and Estate in 2009, and was awarded The Distinguished Probate Attorneys’ Lifetime Achievement Award by the Section of Real Estate, Probate and Estate Law of the State Bar in 2011. He is an ordained Baptist deacon, trustee of several non-profit organizations, and is also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
Education & Accreditations
- Baylor University (1968)
B.A. in History and Political Science, magna cum laude
- Vanderbilt University School of Law (1971)
J.D. Member of the Order of the Coif
- State Bar of Texas
- Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Honors & Awards
- “The Distinguished Probate Attorneys’ Lifetime Achievement Award” – Section of Real Estate, Probate and Estate Law of the State Bar of Texas (2011)
- “Distinguished Service Award” – Houston Bar Association Section of Probate, Trusts & Estates (2009)
- “The Best Lawyers in America” (1998-Present)
- “Texas Super Lawyer” Super Lawyers magazine (2003-Present)
- One of the “TOP 100 Super Lawyers” in Dallas area by Super Lawyer magazine (2012)
- “Best Lawyers of Houston” – Inside Houston magazine (1998-Present)
- FIVE STAR Wealth Management Award – Texas Monthly magazine (2010)
Professional Memberships & Designations
- American Bar Association Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Former Council Member (1986-1994)
- State Bar of Texas Study Committee for Uniform Trust Code’s Adoption in Texas, Former Chair (2000-2002) Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Former Chair (1987-1988) Texas Trust Code Committee, Former Chair (1980-1984) Houston Bar Association
- American College of Trust and Estate Counsel – Fellow
- Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers, Board Member (1988-Present) Former President (1990)
- Texas Board of Legal Specialization Estate Planning Advisory Commission (1995-2000)
- Board of Directors of Concord Trust Company
Publications & Speeches
- “The Texas Uniform Prudent Investor Act and Delegation of Investment Decisions – Are the Provisions Workable to Achieve Liability Relief for the Delegating Trustee?” Reporter, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas, 2005.
- “The Texas Uniform Prudent Investor Act and Delegation of Investment Decisions – Are the Provisions Workable to Achieve Liability Relief for the Delegating Trustee?” Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning and Probate Course, Texas Bar CLE, Austin, Texas, October 2005.
- “A New Roadmap For Fiduciaries,” Baylor University Estate Planning Seminar, Waco, Texas, October 2003.
- “Fiduciary Duties and Exculpatory Provisions, New Developments of Interest,” Wills and Probate Institute, Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, May 2003.
- “New Texas Trust Laws Forecast for 2003,” Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Seminar, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, Texas, 2002.
- “Estate Planning Involving Limited Liability Companies,” University of Missouri Law School Trusts and Estates Seminar, Columbia, Missouri, June 2001.
- “A Review of the Proposed Uniform Trust Act” ACTEC Notes, 1999.
- “An Estate Planner’s Look at the Limited Liability Company,”28th Annual Philip E. Heckerling Institue on Planning, University of Miami, 1994.
Community Service & Personal Interests
- Kent enjoys spending time with his four children and ten grandchildren and traveling. In the last ten years, he and his wife have visited 30 countries.
- Extensively involved in his church over the last three decades.
- Active in Baylor University Alumni activities.