Wesley E. Wright

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Location:
Bellaire, Texas
Phone:
713-660-9595
Fax:
713-660-8889
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Year Joined Firm

  • 1982

Areas of Practice

  • Estate planning with an emphasis on planning for special needs
  • Guardianships
  • Medicaid planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

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

Published Works

  • "Dramatic Changes to Medicaid Funding of Long-Term Care," The Houston Lawyer, Co-Author, Houston Bar Association, Vol. 43, No. 6, May/June, 2006
  • "Save My Home! Saving Your Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas," Co-Author, Elder Law Trio Press, 2005
  • West's Texas Elder Law, Vol. 51, Texas Practice Series, Co-Author
  • Planning Effectively to Cope with Medicaid Estate Recovery, Estate Planning Magazine, Co-Author, Vol. 32, No.8, August 2005
  • "Miller Trust May Help You, Loved One, Qualify for Medicaid Benefits," Co-Author, Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, March 2001
  • "Special Trust Protects From Medicaid Rules," Co-Author, Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, February 2000
  • Houston Chronicle Columnist, "Elder Law Notes," Monthly, Senior Living Section

Classes/Seminars

  • University of Texas, 15th Annual Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, "The Unexpected Complexities of Tragedy (Fundraising, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid and Tax Deductions)," Speaker, Galveston, August 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate CLE Course, "The Unexpected Complexities of Tragedy (Fundraising, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid, and Tax Deductions)," Speaker, Houston, June 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law CLE Course, "Elder Law Overview," and "The Unexpected Complexities of Tragedy, Fundraising, Special Needs Trusts, Medicaid, and Tax Deductions," Speaker, Houston, April 2013
  • Austin County Bar Association, "Elder Law Overview, Medicaid and MERP," Speaker, Bellville, March 2013
  • University of Texas, Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, "The 'Dirty Dozen,' Part II Blatant Drafting Mistakes, Nos. 13-24," Speaker, Austin, February 2013
  • Houston Bar Association, "The 'Dirty Dozen' Blatant Mistakes in SNTs," Speaker, Houston, October 2012
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Estate Planning Conference, "Elder Law Overview," Speaker, San Antonio, August 2012
  • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, "The Bear-Traps of Medicaid Planning-10 Ways to Win (or Lose) Your Case," Presiding Officer, Galveston, August 2012
  • Elder Law Lecture Serier, "Life Care Planning and Costs of Long-Term Care," Houston, June 2012
  • Advanced Elder Law Conference, "The Bear-Traps of Planning- Ten Ways to Win (or Lose) Your Case," Speaker, Dallas, April 2012
  • University of Texas, Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, "'The Dirty Dozen' Blatant Mistakes in Special Needs Trusts," Speaker 2012
  • Midland Odessa Business and Estate Council Meeting, "Elder Law Overview, Public Benefits Planning, Medicaid and VA," Speaker, Midland 2012
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council, "Elder Law Overview & Medicaid Administration," Speaker 2011
  • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Public Benefit Planning for the Blended Family," Speaker, Galveston 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law, "Sole Benefit Trusts," Speaker, Houston 2011
  • University of Texas, "Special Needs Trusts Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts," Panel Moderator 2011
  • University of Texas Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Tricare for Life & Extended Care Benefits," Panel Moderator 2010
  • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, "Life Care Plans & Approaches to Life Care Planning," Speaker 2010
  • HBA, Guardianship Institute, "Introduction to VA Benefits," Speaker 2010
  • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Elder Law & Guardianship Conference, "Elder Law Overview," and "Agency Perspective on Public Benefits," Speaker 2009
  • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Conference, "Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts," Speaker 2009
  • University of Texas Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Agency Perspective on Public Benefits," Panel Moderator 2008
  • Victoria Regional Area Estate Planning Council, "Guardianships & Planning for Disability," Speaker 2008
  • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Conference, "Amending the Special Needs Trust," Speaker 2007
  • Texas Chapter of NAELA, Fall Conference, Panel Moderator 2007
  • North American Brain Injury Society Conference on Brain Injury, "Application of Special Needs Trusts & Long Term Planning," Speaker 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, "Looking Ahead: Long-Term Financial Planning in Connection with Divorce," Speaker 2007
  • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Elder Law & Guardianship Conference, "Agency Perspective on Public Benefits," Panel Moderator 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning Conference, "Medicaid Changes & Strategies," Speaker 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law & Advanced Guardianship Courses, "A Survey of Non-Institutionalized Medicaid Programs for Persons Who are Elderly/Disabled," Speaker 2007
  • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Conference, "Sole-Benefit Trusts," Speaker 2007
  • Texas Chapter of NAELA, Annual Conference, "Q&A with Three Recent Past Presidents," Speaker 2006
  • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute, "Significant Changes to Medicaid," Speaker 2006
  • University of Texas Elder Law Conference, "Save My Home! Saving the Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas," Speaker 2006
  • State Bar College, Summer School, "Medicaid Update: Estate Recovery, Gifting & The Deficit Reduction Act," Speaker 2006
  • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, "The Government Wants It Paid Back! Estate Recovery, Monthly Gifting & The Deficit Reduction Act," Speaker 2006
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning Conference, "Medicaid Changes & Strategies," Speaker 2006
  • State Bar of Texas, Summer School, "Saving the Family Homestead: The Final Rules for the Texas Medicaid Recovery Act," Speaker 2005
  • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid, Medicare & Estate Recovery," Speaker 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Representing Older Adults Living with Disabilities: The Nuts & Bolts of Aging Issues, "Medicaid Estate Recovery," Speaker 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Annual Meeting, "Medicaid Estate Recovery," Speaker 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Seminar, "Medicaid Estate Recovery Update," Speaker 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law & Advanced Guardianship Courses, "Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (MERP) Final Rules, Including the Expanded Estate, Gifting, and Unmarried Adult Children," Speaker 2005
  • NAELA, Institute, "Putting on the Ritz: Does it Really Work" Speaker 2004
  • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid Estate Recovery," Speaker 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, State Bar College Summer School, "Medicaid Estate Recovery: When the Government Wants Your Homestead," Speaker 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Seminar, "Medicaid Estate Recovery," Speaker 2004
  • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, "Medicaid, Medicare and Estate Recovery: Can You Get the Benefits Without Losing Everything" Speaker 2004
  • PBS Channel 8, Richard Alderman's, "Know Your Rights," 2004
  • CBS Radio B Interview Regarding Estate Recovery in Texas, 2004
  • HBA, Elder Law Institute, "Estate Recovery: Planning Considerations," Speaker 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Institute, "Estate Recovery: Foundation & Strategy," Speaker 2003
  • NAELA, Institute, "Delivering Ritz-Carlton Legendary Service Practices in an Elder Law Firm," Speaker 2003
  • Texas Wesleyan Law School & Stetson Law School, Special Needs Trusts Seminar, "Top Ten Tips for SNTs," Speaker 2003
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Annual CPE Expo, "Medicaid & Disability Issues," Speaker 2002
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Advanced Estate Planning Conference, "To Spend Down or Not to Spend Down on the Nursing Home," Speaker 2002
  • South Texas College of Law, Representing the Elderly Client: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, "Fifteen Misrepresentations Made by Nursing Homes," Speaker 2002
  • Children's Case Management Coalition Conference, "Planning Special Needs Trusts for the Disabled," Speaker 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, "Basic Medicaid & Long-Term Care Planning," Speaker 2001
  • HBA, Wills & Probate Institute, "Practical Considerations in Medicaid Planning: Twelve Things to Avoid," Speaker 2001
  • Richard Alderman, The People's Law School, University of Houston, "Wills, Living Wills & Powers of Attorney," Speaker 2001
  • Texas NAELA Conference, "UPL & Effect on Elder Law Attorneys and Clients, and What is Being Done" Speaker 2001
  • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute with Guardianship Certification Course, "Medicaid Rules & Planning," Speaker 2001
  • Case Management Society of America Conference, "Medicaid Planning: What Is It " Who Needs It" and the Most Frequently Asked Questions About It," Speaker 2001
  • HBA, Health Law Section, "Medicaid Qualification for Nursing Home Care," Speaker 2001
  • 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," Speaker 2001
  • Attorneys in Tax & Probate, "Current Developments in Medicaid," Speaker 2001
  • Houston Chronicle, Managing Your Money Seminar, "Planning for Elder Care," Speaker 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, "Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation of the Elderly," Speaker 2001, 2000 - Present
  • NASA/Johnson Space Center, Total Health & Safety Day, "Elder Law Issues," Speaker 2000
  • University of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Recognizing & Responding to Inappropriate or Illegal Estate Planning," Speaker 2000
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Tax Law Course, "Protecting Family Assets With Medicaid Planning," Speaker 1999
  • Attorneys in Tax & Probate, "Testamentary Supplemental Needs Trusts," Speaker 1999
  • HBA, Guardianships & Ad Litem Certification & Elder Law Institute, "Drafting Special Needs Trusts," Speaker 1999
  • Texas NAELA Conference, "New & Cutting Edge Medicaid Strategies," Speaker 1999
  • HBA, Wills & Probate Institute, "Drafting for Medicaid," Speaker 1999

Honors and Awards

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

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELA), 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, Special Needs Alliance
  • Member, The ARC of Greater Houston
  • Member, National Alliance of Mental Illness