Molly Dear Abshire

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Location:
Bellaire, Texas
Phone:
713-660-9595
Fax:
713-660-8889
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Medicaid planning
  • Estate planning with an emphasis on planning for special needs
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation
  • Accredited Claims Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1993
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
    • B.A. - English - 1989

Published Works

  • Save My Home! Saving Your Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas, Co-Author
  • Thomson West's, Texas Elder Law, Vol. 51, Texas Practice Series, Co-Author
  • Houston Chronicle Columnist, "Elder Law Notes," Monthly, 50+ Section
  • "Planning Effectively to Cope with Medicaid Estate Recovery," Estate Planning, Vol. 32 No. 8, Co-Author, August 2005
  • South Texas College of Law, Representing the Elderly Client: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, "Fifteen Misrepresentations Made by Nursing Homes," Co-Author, Houston, May 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, "Basic Medicaid & Long-Term Care Planning," Co-Author, Austin, March 2002
  • Houston Bar Association, Wills & Probate Institute, "Practical Considerations in Medicaid Planning: Twelve Things to Avoid," Co-Author, Houston, February 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Institute, "Report on Medicare After the HMO Retreat, What's New in Advanced Medicaid Planning Techniques & Prospective Dilemmas in Medicaid Planning," Co-Author, Houston, June 2001
  • "Miller Trust May Help You, Loved One, Qualify for Medicaid Benefits," Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, Co-Author, March 2001
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Recognizing & Responding to Inappropriate or Illegal Estate Planning," Co-Author, Galveston, August 2000
  • "Special Trust Protects from Medicaid Rules," Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, Co-Author, February 2000
  • "Assessing a Person for Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility," The Pocket Guide, Co-Author, 1999

Classes/Seminars

  • State Bar of Texas, 16th Annual State Bar College Summer School Course, "Elder Law and Disability Issues," Speaker, Galveston, July 2014
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits, Including Special Needs Trusts," Speaker, New York City, July 2014
  • University of Houston, 12th Annual Gulf Coast Regional Gift Planning Conference, "The Top Ten Things a Planner Should Know about Elder Law," UH Hilton, Houston, April 2014
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estate and Probate Course, "Elder Law Overview," Speaker, Austin, January 2014
  • State Bar of Texas, 15th Annual Summer School Course, "Top Ten Things an Estate Planner Should Know," Speaker, Galveston, July 2013
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits, Including Special Needs Trusts," Speaker, New York City, July 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, "Hot Topics in Elder Law," Speaker, Houston, June 2013
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, "Elder Law Planning and Special Needs Trusts," Speaker, McAllen, May 2013
  • Dallas Society of CPAs, "Financing Long-Term Care," Speaker, Dallas, May 2013
  • State Bar of Texas Building Blocks of Wills, Estate and Probate Course, "Elder Law Planning and Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2013
  • Corpus Christi Estate Planning Council, "The Top Ten Things an Estate Planner Should Know About Elder Law," Speaker, Corpus Christi, October 2012
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits," New York, July 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, "The Top Ten Things an Estate Planner Should Know About Elder Law," San Antonio, June 2012
  • South Texas College of Law, Elder Law Symposium, "Guardianship Alternatives, Including Powers of Attorney," Co-Speaker, Houston, April 2012
  • Rio Grande Valley Estate Planning Council, "Elder Law Overview," Speaker, McAllen, April 2012
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, "Special Needs Trust," Speaker, McAllen, April 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates and Probate, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Medicaid 101, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, November 2011
  • South Texas College of Law, 26th Annual Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid & VA Updates," Speaker, September 2011
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits," Speaker, New York, July 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, 35th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Law Course, "Medicaid & VA Update," Speaker, Fort Worth, June 2011
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Building a Successful Estate Planning & Probate Law Practice, "Court Created Trusts in Texas, Including Ethical Considerations," Speaker, McAllen, March 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates, & Probate, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, "Drafting to Retain Governmental Benefits for Devisees," Speaker, Houston, October 2010
  • South Texas College of Law, 25th Annual Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid Update," Speaker, Houston, September 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law 2010, "2009 Legislative Changes," Speaker, Dallas, April 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2010
  • Houston Bar Association, Guardianship Ad Litem in Probate Court & Elder Law Institute, Continuing Legal Education, "Introduction To Veterans Benefits," Speaker, Houston, January 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, Speaker, January 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law & Guardianship Course, "Medicaid Estate Recovery Program," Speaker, Houston, March 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, Medicaid Planning, "What You Can Do and You Must Know," Speaker, Austin, November 2008
  • Houston Bar Association, "Sole-Benefit Trusts," Speaker, Houston, July 2008
  • Victoria Area Regional Estate Planning Council, "Wills & Supplemental Needs Trusts Overview," Speaker, Victoria, May 2008
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Guardianship & Elder Law Course, "When Family Law & Elder Law Intersect," Speaker, Dallas, March 2008
  • Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association, "Non-Institutional Medicaid Programs for the Elderly & Disabled," Speaker, Houston, January 2008
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, Speaker, January 2008
  • Attorney in Tax & Probate, "Supplemental Needs Trusts Overview," Speaker, Houston, April 2007
  • Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section Meeting, "Medicaid Changes & Strategies," Speaker, Houston, March 2007
  • University of Texas, Special Needs Trust Conference, "Special Needs Trust Overview," Speaker, February 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Houston, January 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, Live Studio Broadcast, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, January 2006
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning & Probate Course, "Elder Law Drafting Considerations," Speaker, Austin, October 2005
  • University of Texas School of Law, Elder Law Conference, "Nursing Home Misrepresentations," Speaker, Galveston, August 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Primer, Speaker, Dallas, June 2005
  • Attorneys in Tax & Probate, "Medicaid Update," Speaker, Houston, May 2005
  • Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association, "How to Determine if Your Client Qualifies for Low-Cost Housing," Speaker, Houston, February 2005
  • University of Texas School of Law, Special Needs Trusts: A Guide for Attorneys, Financial Advisors & Trust Officers, "HUD Housing," Speaker, Austin, February 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, A Live Studio Broadcast, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, January 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning & Probate Course, "Drafting for the Elderly: Medicaid & Other Mountains," Speaker, League City, October 2004
  • University of Texas School of Law, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Affordable Housing," Speaker, Galveston, August 2004
  • Halfmoon LLC, Practical Medicare & Medicaid Skills in Texas, "Medicaid Benefits & Eligibility," Speaker, Houston, August 2004
  • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid, Medicare & Estate Recovery: Can You Get the Benefits without Losing Everything," Speaker, Houston, May 2004
  • National Business Institute, Estate, Financial & Health Care Planning Seminar, Speaker Houston, April 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, A Live Studio Broadcast, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, January 2004
  • Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association, "Basic Self-Settled SNTs/Pooled Trusts," Speaker, Houston, May 2003
  • South Texas College of Law, Elder Law Conference: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, "Ten Common Errors in Medicaid Planning," Speaker, Houston, May 2003
  • Halfmoon LLC Seminars: Practical Medicare & Medicaid Skills in Texas, "Planning for Medicaid Eligibility & Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law," Speaker, Houston, March 2003
  • South Texas College of Law, "Representing the Elder Client: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships," Speaker, Houston, September 2002
  • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid Planning," Speaker, Houston, September 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, "Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation of the Elderly," Co-Author, Houston & Dallas, December 2000 & February 2001
  • NASA/Johnson Space Center, Total Health & Safety Day, "Elder Law Issues," Speaker, October 2000
  • State Bar of Texas, Agricultural Law Seminar, "Trespass Concerns," Austin, June 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel “ACTEC”
  • Listed as Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law, Texas' Best Lawyers, 2012
  • Listed in the Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers Top List, 2014
  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate, Texas Monthly, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas, Best Lawyers, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Lawyers on the Fast Track, H Texas Magazine, 2004
  • Martindale Hubble AV® Peer Review Rated*

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Texas Chapter of NAELA, Board Member, 2005-2011, Past President 2009-2010, Current Past President
  • Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section, Council Member