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Our Mission

At Benckenstein & Oxford, LLP, our vision is to continue to safeguard the future and champion the rights of our clients with unparalleled legal services provided in a manner that is collaborative, fair, and affordable.  The firm’s central areas of focus are: corporate defense, representing government entities; and, representing individuals with probate and guardianships matters, estate planning, trusts, real estate, carbon sequestration, pipelines, wind/solar, commercial transactions, and civil litigation. We are committed to delivering personalized and strategic legal solutions that meet the diverse needs of our clients, while navigating the various legal challenges that may be faced.


Experienced Leadership


The attorneys at Benckenstein & Oxford, LLP stand out as a beacon of legal excellence in Beaumont, Texas.  Our attorneys and staff have much to thank for the firm’s success, including, in large part, the mentorship by some of the best attorneys in the area, including Hubert Oxford III, Alan Sampson, and Frances Bethea, who have all been dedicated to the practice of law and embody the firm's commitment to delivering personalized and effective legal solutions.  Through these mentorships and their own legal experiences, the firm’s attorneys have continued to cultivate a reputation as Beaumont attorneys who not only possess deep knowledge across various legal domains, but also prioritize accessibility, client relationships, and setting a high standard for legal advocacy in the region.

Today, our attorneys continue the firm’s century-old traditional of providing legal excellence by blending traditional values with innovative strategies and technology to ensure that Benckenstein & Oxford, LLP is at the forefront of evolving legal issues facing those who live and work in Southeast Texas. Our attorneys’ approach is characterized by accessibility, compassion, and the relentless pursuit of our client's best interests, supported by a deep understanding of local, statewide, and national legal landscapes. Additionally, the firm’s attorneys appreciate the trust and confidence of those living in Southeast Texas and believe it is important to contribute to the community they serve through services on local non-profit boards, making contributions to help those in need, and often assisting those that may not be able to afford legal representation.

Hubert Oxford IV


With over twenty years of legal experience, Hubert Oxford IV brings a legacy of legal excellence to Benckenstein & Oxford.  Hubert combines deep community roots in Beaumont, Texas, with a forward-thinking approach to law. Hubert’s dedication to the firm’s client’s success and commitment to justice have established him as a trusted advisor and formidable advocate. Mr. Oxford also takes great pride in being accessible to the firm’s clients and uses his best efforts to return all calls that day, as he is often collaborating with the clients well into the evening.  Over the years, Hubert’s legal experience has evolved as the legal landscape has changed and while he continues to work with corporate clients in the defense of toxic tort claims his practice also includes working with governmental entities, landowners seeking offers and securing favorable agreements on: green energy projects, such as carbon sequestration, solar and wind, hydrogen facilities, and pipelines. 

Specialized Areas of Practice:

  • Corporate Defense

  • Governmental Entities

  • Carbon Sequestration Easement Agreements

  • Renewable Energy (Solar & Wind Farms)

  • Pipelines


Joshua Heinz


Josh Heinz is a partner at Benckenstein & Oxford, LLP. Josh is known for his strategic insight and personalized client care in many areas including probate, guardianships, estate planning, trusts, commercial transactions, civil litigation, real estate, carbon sequestration and governmental entities. Josh leverages his comprehensive legal knowledge and passion for advocacy to achieve outstanding results for his clients. His approachability and rapid response rate underscore his commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of those he represents.

Specialized Areas of Practice:

  • Probate

  • Guardianships

  • Estate Planning

  • Trusts

  • Commercial Transactions

  • Civil Litigations

  • Real Estate

  • Carbon Sequestration

  • Governmental Entities

Frances Blair Bethea

Of Counsel

Frances Blair Bethea has been board-certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1989. According to the State Bar, only 670 lawyers in the State of Texas hold this certification. During her thirty-eight years with Benckenstein and Oxford, first as an associate, then as a partner, and now as of Counsel,  her practice has been and continues to be focused not only on estate planning and probate matters, but also on guardianships, planning for incapacity, creation and management of business entities such as limited liability companies and partnerships, and transactional work.  She feels privileged to have cultivated and maintained long-standing relationships with many of her clients and to have guided them through various stages of their family and business life. 

Specialized Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning 

  • Incapacity Planning

  • Trusts

  • Probate and Estate Administration 

  • Guardianship and Guardianship Administration 

  • Business EntitieFormation and Governance

  • Non-profit Organizations Formation and Governance

  • Transactional Work


Benckenstein & Oxford embodies expertise, excellence, and compassion, offering top-tier legal counsel with personalized care in Beaumont, Texas.





Guided by our core values, BenOxford is committed to providing professional legal services to our clients and community.

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