Steve Akers, Esq.
Steve Akers has 36 years of experience handling estate planning and probate law matters. Currently a managing director and senior fiduciary counsel of Bessemer Trust’s family estate planning practice and works directly with clients in the Southwest region on their estate planning needs, Steve currently heads this practice as the Family Estate Planning Practice Head.
Early Life and Education
High school proved fruitful for her, where she achieved second-team all-state quarterback and first-team all-state running back honors and held the school record for points scored by one player. Additionally, she participated in Catholic Heart Work Camp and the Booster Club activities before marrying Steve Akers and having two sons Derrick and Delaney; together they live in Pella where she loves family game nights as well as finding unique gifts for friends.
Akers finds her favorite part of Tech to be advising students. CASNR’s size allows her to build meaningful relationships with each student outside the classroom, and her goal is to establish the Mabel Akers Administrative Sciences Chair’s Office – named in memory of her paternal grandmother Mabel Akers who inspired her; The Forest Akers Trust funds many major residence halls, golf courses, learning spaces on campus such as synthetic practice fields used for marching band or athletic endeavours on campus.
He has served on several committees of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law including its Task Force on Chapter 14 Proposed Regulations for comment submission to the Internal Revenue Service concerning proposed regulations; chairing their Trust and Estate CLE Committee; speaking on various topics to various bar groups and estate planning councils; frequently lecturing at University of Miami Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning as well as at other seminars;
After coaching Texas for 10 seasons – and failing to win a national championship like Darrell Royal and Mack Brown had done–Akers seemed to find inner peace that is often hard won among college football coaches. He became a fixture on the University of Texas banquet circuit, as well as being well liked around Austin.
Achievement and Honors
Akers has distinguished himself both professionally and philanthropically, his generosity allowing PIA to establish three Chair’s Offices dedicated to computer science: Izabella Temkina’s Computer Science Chair’s Office; Annie Wilcox’s Applied Social Sciences Chair’s Office and Mabel Akers Administrative Sciences Chair’s Offices.
Akers is an active member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, serving on its Board of Regents and Estate Planning Committee. He has lectured regularly to Texas bar groups, estate planning councils and civic/charitable organizations; in addition, his work has been featured in multiple publications as well as three books written about him.
Even with her busy career, Akers still makes time for family and friends, particularly her daughter who she describes as one of the happiest people she knows.
Jennifer also enjoys meeting students and helping them become excited about Tech. She serves on the CASNR Student Services Committee, which is focused on recruiting and retention at Tech.
As part of his investigation into the ambush on September 5th, Detective Sergeant Arnott decides to question Richard Akers. DC Fleming visits Akers the night before so as to give him notice that they will be interviewed.
Akers enjoys reading and travel in her free time. She has numerous nieces, grandnieces, and grandnephews as well as being a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.
Steve Akers is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), having served as president of Texas State Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section prior to being Chairperson for its Continuing Legal Education Committee and Lifetime Transfers and Charitable Gifts Advisory Panel.
He is co-author of LexisNexis’ widely praised book, The Law and Practice of Estate Planning. Additionally, he frequently presents at national and local seminars on various estate planning topics.
Akers has strong appeal in non-PPR leagues where rushing yards and touchdowns carry greater value. He should get plenty of goal line touches thanks to the Rams’ high scoring offense, making him a solid RB1 this year.