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Wesley E. Wright

Wesley Wright

Wright Abshire Attorneys, P.C.
4949 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Bellaire

Texas (TX)

Contact Contact Wesley E. Wright
T: 713-660-9595
F: 713-660-8889

Visit: www.wrightabshire.com
Practice Areas: Elder Law (80%), Estate Planning & Probate (20%)

Elder Law

Estate Planning & Probate

Industry Groups: Disability And Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELAA), National Academy Of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Probate, Trusts And Estates Section Of The Houston Bar Association.

Profile

Wesley E. Wright is a native Houstonian and graduated from the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. Mr. Wright is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning and Probate Law and is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Mr. Wright has been practicing law in Houston since 1982.  His practice focuses exclusively in the areas of Medicaid planning, estate planning (with an emphasis on people who are disabled) and the use of special needs trusts, probate and guardianships. He was one of the original founders of the Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELAA) in Houston and served as President for the first two years. He has served as Chair for the Probate, Trusts, and Estates Section of the Houston Bar Association.  He was previously the President of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and served on the national board of NAELA for two years.  He was named a Texas Super Lawyer for Elder Law in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.  Mr. Wright is listed as Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law for the Houston area by Texas' Best Lawyers, 2014. He co-authors a column in the Houston Chronicle called Elder Law Notes and is a regular speaker on Elder Law topics.  He co-authored Save My Home! Saving Your Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas, a book on Medicaid Estate Recovery and Thomson West's Texas Elder Law, Texas Practice Series, Volume 51.


Years of Selection

• Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2014

Ask Super Lawyers: answered by Wesley Wright

Are Medicaid and VA benefits in Texas only for people with low-income? My dad is a veteran. Recently he has been showing signs that he may soon need to be admitted to a nursing home. My parents have an average amount of assets and savings set aside for their retirement. Will he still qualify for VA or Medicaid?
Even with significant assets and income, a person may still qualify for the public benefits …

What type of minimum planning should a person in Texas accomplish to get ready for death or disability?
      At a minimum, adults should consider having a Will, a durable power of attorney, a medical …

How does a person pay for long term care in a nursing home in Texas?
  Typically, a person will pay out of his own pocket, use long-term insurance, or obtain V.A. or …

About Wesley Wright

Admitted: 1982, Texas

Professional Webpage: www.wrightabshire.com/firm_wesley_wright.htm

Honors and Awards:

  • Top Rated Lawyer in Trust & Estate Law, The American Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • Quoted in USA Today, “Sorry, Savers: Interest Rates Set New Lows,” by John Wagner, July 2012
  • Lawyer of the Year, Elder Law – Houston Area, Texas’ Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Martindale Hubble AV® Peer Review Rated*†
  • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013
  • Texas Super Lawyer - Elder Law, Texas Monthly, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Texas' Best Lawyers, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Outstanding Member Award, Texas Chapter of NAELA, 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Supreme Court of Texas and all other Texas Courts
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • DELAA Guardianship Manual, Committee Member, 1991-1992; Lifecare Committee Member, Foundation for the Retarded, CRI, 1992-1993; State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Institute, Institute Director, 2002, 2003, 2004; HBA, Family/Probate Bench Bar Conference, Planning Committee, 1996, 1998, Chair, 2000; HBA Representative Attorney for Elder Law in Media Resource Guide, 1997-1998, 2003-2004; State Bar of Texas, Solving Disability Issues, Institute Director, 1998; HBA, Probate, Trusts & Estates Monthly Articles, Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, Co-Editor, 1999-2001; HBA, Wills & Probate Institute, Program Chair, 2000; HBA, Administration of Justice Committee, Co-Chair, 2000-2000;  South Texas College of Law, Elder Law Conference, Program Chair, 2002, 2003; NAELA, Texas Chapter, Elder Law Conference, Program Chair, 2002, 2003; NAELA, Institute, Vice-Chair, 2003; NAELA, 16th Annual Symposium, Program Chair, 2004; AARP, Briefing on Medicaid Asset Transfers, Committee Member, Washington, D.C., 2005; South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute with Guardian and Ad Litem Certification Course, Co-Chair, 2007

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • "Planning Effectively to Cope with Medicaid Estate Recovery," Estate Planning Magazine, 2005";  Section 8 Housing in the 21st Century Age of the Voucher," NAELA News, 2006;  Save My Home!  Saving Your Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas, Co-Author;   Thomson West's, Texas Elder Law, Volume 51, Texas Practice Series, Co-Author

Representative Clients:

  • Elderly persons who may be entering a nursing home and are concerned with using everything they own, families who wish to provide funds in a special needs trust for others who are disabled, probate, and guardianships.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, President 1991-1993; An original founder; Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, Chair 2000-2001; Member, State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section; Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Bylaws Committee 2001-2002, Program and Education Committee 2001-2004, Membership Committee 2002-2003, NAELA Board Member 2004-2006, Editorial Board Member for NAELA Journal 2004-2005, Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP); Member, Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, President 2004; Member, College of the State Bar of Texas; Member, Special Needs Alliance

Video:

  • A Dependent Executor is dependent upon the Court for oversight and approval of all of her actions. An independent executor does not have to post a bond or ask the Court's approval to carry out her duties. Both types of executors have certain responsiblities for satisfying their duty to the heirs and beneficiaries of the estate, including collecting the assets, paying off any debt, distributing the assets according to the Will or Texas law when there is no Will., Estate Administration
  • We offer a complete range of services to individuals and couples who have trusts, whether they are inter vivos or testamentary trusts, as well as to trust beneficiaries.  Call us for advice on how to properly administer a trust and protect a disabled beneficiary's government benefits., Trust Administration
  • Probate is a process whereby matters pertaining to a decedent's estate are "proven" in court and title to assets in the estate passes to the rightful beneficiaries under a decedent's Will or by the laws of intestacy when a person dies without a Will., Probate Law
  • There are times when an individual is no longer capable of making many important decisions for themselves. As your elder law attorney, Wright Abshire can assist you in becoming appointed Guardian of your loved one, ensuring that they will be secure and cared for and that you will be in control of decisions pertaining to his or her person and property., Guardianship Law
  • The issues that the practice of elder law addresses affect virtually every family at some time in their lives. Elder law consists of a variety of laws from many legal areas that concern seniors, ranging from estate planning and nursing home litigation, to health and personal care advice, to Medicare and Medicaid planning in Texas, and probate., Medicaid Planning
  • The issues that the practice of elder law addresses affect virtually every family at some time in their lives. Elder law consists of a variety of laws from many legal areas that concern seniors, ranging from estate planning and nursing home litigation, to health and personal care advice, to Medicare and Medicaid planning in Texas, and probate., Elder Law

Educational Background:

  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, B.S., Business, 1977; South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1981
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