Wesley E. Wright

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Bellaire, TX

Wright Abshire, Attorneys P.C.
 | 4949 Bissonnet Street, Bellaire, TX 77401
Phone: 713-660-9595
Fax: 713-660-8889
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
    Attorney 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 (CELA) 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 and probate. 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 2006-2019. Mr. Wright is listed as Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law for the Houston area by Texas' Best Lawyers, in 2014 and 2017. He co-authors a column in the Houston Chronicle called Elder Law 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.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 80%Elder Law
    • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

    Selections

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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    About Wesley Wright

    Admitted: 1982, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.wrightabshire.com/Our-Attorneys/Wesley-E-Wright.s...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Outstanding Member Award, Texas Chapter of NAELA, 2002
    • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers - Elder Law, Texas Monthly, 2006-2018
    • Quoted in USA Today, "Sorry, Savers: Interest Rates Set New Lows," by John Wagner, July 2012
    • Martindale Hubble AV® Peer Review Rated*
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas, Best Lawyers, 2008-2018
    • Listed as a Top Rated Lawyer in Trust & Estate Law, The American Lawyer Magazine, 2013
    • Listed as Lawyer of the Year, Elder Law – Houston Area, Texas’ Best Lawyers, 2014 & 2017
    • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008, 2009, 2012-2015

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Bylaws Committee, 2001-2002
    • Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, President 2004-2005, 2014-2015
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, NAELA Board Member, 2004-2006
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Member, The ARC of Greater Houston
    • Member, State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Membership Committee 2002-2003
    • Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELAA), President 1991-1993; An original founder
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP)
    • Member, Special Needs Alliance (SNA)
    • Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, Chair, 2000-2001
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Program and Education Committee, 2001-2004
    • Member, Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Texas, 1981
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Editorial Board Member for NAELA Journal 2004-2005
    • Member, Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, President 2014-2015
    • Member, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • HBA, Wills & Probate Institute, “Drafting for Medicaid,” Speaker, 1999
    • State Bar of Texas, State Bar College Summer School, “Medicaid Estate Recovery: When the Government Wants Your Homestead,” Speaker,2004
    • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, “Public Benefit Planning for the Blended Family,” Speaker, Galveston 2011
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Seminar, “Medicaid Estate Recovery,” Speaker, 2004
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law, “Sole Benefit Trusts,” Speaker, Houston 2011
    • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, “Medicaid, Medicare and Estate Recovery: Can You Get the Benefits Without Losing Everything” Speaker, 2004
    • University of Texas, “Special Needs Trusts Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts,” Panel Moderator, 2011
    • PBS Channel 8, Richard Alderman's, “Know Your Rights,” 2004
    • 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
    • CBS Radio B Interview Regarding Estate Recovery in Texas, 2004
    • HBA, Guardianship Institute, “Introduction to VA Benefits,” Speaker, 2010
    • HBA, Elder Law Institute, “Estate Recovery: Planning Considerations,” Speaker, 2004
    • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Elder Law & Guardianship Conference, “Elder Law Overview,” and “Agency Perspective on Public Benefits,” Speaker, 2009
    • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Institute, “Estate Recovery: Foundation & Strategy,” Speaker, 2003
    • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Conference, “Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts,” Speaker, 2009
    • NAELA, Institute, “Delivering Ritz-Carlton Legendary Service Practices in an Elder Law Firm,” Speaker, 2003
    • University of Texas Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, “Agency Perspective on Public Benefits,” Panel Moderator, 2008
    • American Case Management Association, 12th Annual Case Management Conference, “Elder Law Overview,” Speaker, Houston, October 2015
    • Texas Wesleyan Law School & Stetson Law School, Special Needs Trusts Seminar, “Top Ten Tips for SNTs,” Speaker, 2003
    • Victoria Regional Area Estate Planning Council, “Guardianships & Planning for Disability,” Speaker, 2008
    • University of Texas, 17th Annual Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference, “Elder Law Overview,” Speaker, Galveston, August 2015
    • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Annual CPE Expo, “Medicaid & Disability Issues,” Speaker, 2002
    • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Conference, “Amending the Special Needs Trust,” Speaker, 2007
    • University of Texas, 11th Annual Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, “Special Needs Trusts Overview,” Austin, February 2015
    • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Advanced Estate Planning Conference, “To Spend Down or Not to Spend Down on the Nursing Home,” 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
    • Texas Chapter of NAELA, Fall Conference, Panel Moderator, 2007
    • University of Texas, 10th Annual Changes and Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, “POMS Update,” Speaker, Round Rock, February 2014
    • South Texas College of Law, Representing the Elderly Client: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, “Fifteen Misrepresentations Made by Nursing Homes,” Speaker, 2002
    • North American Brain Injury Society Conference on Brain Injury, “Application of Special Needs Trusts & Long Term Planning,” Speaker, 2007
    • 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
    • Children's Case Management Coalition Conference, “Planning Special Needs Trusts for the Disabled,” Speaker, 2002; Description: State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, “Basic Medicaid & Long-Term Care Planning,” Speaker, 2001
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Family Law Course, “Looking Ahead: Long-Term Financial Planning in Connection with Divorce,” Speaker, 2007
    • "Dramatic Changes to Medicaid Funding of Long-Term Care," The Houston Lawyer, Co-Author, Houston Bar Association, Vol. 43, No. 6, May/June, 2006
    • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, “Basic Medicaid & Long-Term Care Planning,” Speaker, 2001
    • University of Texas, Estate Planning, Elder Law & Guardianship Conference, “Agency Perspective on Public Benefits,” Panel Moderator, 2007
    • "Special Trust Protects From Medicaid Rules," Co-Author, Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, February 2000
    • HBA, Wills & Probate Institute, “Practical Considerations in Medicaid Planning: Twelve Things to Avoid,” Speaker, 2001
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning Conference, “Medicaid Changes & Strategies,” Speaker, 2007
    • Houston Chronicle Columnist, "Elder Law Notes," Monthly, Senior Living Section
    • Planning Effectively to Cope with Medicaid Estate Recovery, Estate Planning Magazine, Co-Author, Vol. 32, No.8, August 2005
    • Richard Alderman, The People's Law School, University of Houston, “Wills, Living Wills & Powers of Attorney,” Speaker, 2001
    • 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
    • "Miller Trust May Help You, Loved One, Qualify for Medicaid Benefits," Co-Author, Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, March 2001
    • Texas NAELA Conference, “UPL & Effect on Elder Law Attorneys and Clients, and What is Being Done” Speaker, 2001
    • University of Texas, Special Needs Trusts Conference, “Sole-Benefit Trusts,” Speaker, 2007
    • West's Texas Elder Law, Vol. 51, Texas Practice Series, Co-Author
    • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute with Guardianship Certification Course, “Medicaid Rules & Planning,” Speaker ,2001
    • Texas Chapter of NAELA, Annual Conference, “Q&A with Three Recent Past Presidents,” Speaker, 2006
    • "Save My Home! Saving Your Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas," Co-Author, Elder Law Trio Press, 2005
    • Case Management Society of America Conference, “Medicaid Planning: What Is It “ Who Needs It” and the Most Frequently Asked Questions About It,” Speaker, 2001
    • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute, “Significant Changes to Medicaid,” Speaker, 2006
    • 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
    • HBA, Health Law Section, “Medicaid Qualification for Nursing Home Care,” Speaker, 2001
    • 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 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
    • 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
    • State Bar College, Summer School, “Medicaid Update: Estate Recovery, Gifting & The Deficit Reduction Act,” Speaker, 2006
    • Austin County Bar Association, “Elder Law Overview, Medicaid and MERP,” Speaker, Bellville, March 2013
    • Attorneys in Tax & Probate, “Current Developments in Medicaid,” Speaker, 2001
    • 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
    • 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 Chronicle, Managing Your Money Seminar, “Planning for Elder Care,” Speaker, 2001
    • State Bar of Texas, Summer School, “Saving the Family Homestead: The Final Rules for the Texas Medicaid Recovery Act,” Speaker, 2005
    • Houston Bar Association, “The 'Dirty Dozen' Blatant Mistakes in SNTs,” Speaker, Houston, October 2012
    • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, “Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation of the Elderly,” Speaker, 2000- 2001
    • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, “Medicaid, Medicare & Estate Recovery,” Speaker, 2005
    • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Estate Planning Conference, “Elder Law Overview,” Speaker, San Antonio, August 2012
    • NASA/Johnson Space Center, Total Health & Safety Day, “Elder Law Issues,” Speaker, 2000
    • State Bar of Texas, Representing Older Adults Living with Disabilities: The Nuts & Bolts of Aging Issues, “Medicaid Estate Recovery,” Speaker, 2005
    • 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
    • University of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, “Recognizing & Responding to Inappropriate or Illegal Estate Planning,” Speaker, 2000
    • State Bar of Texas, Annual Meeting, “Medicaid Estate Recovery,” Speaker, 2005
    • Elder Law Lecture Serier, “Life Care Planning and Costs of Long-Term Care,” Houston, June 2012
    • 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 Estate Planning & Probate Seminar, “Medicaid Estate Recovery Update,” Speaker, 2005
    • Advanced Elder Law Conference, “The Bear-Traps of Planning- Ten Ways to Win (or Lose) Your Case,” Speaker, Dallas, April 2012
    • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Tax Law Course, “Protecting Family Assets With Medicaid Planning,” Speaker, 1999
    • 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
    • University of Texas, Changes & Trends Affecting Special Needs Trusts, “'The Dirty Dozen' Blatant Mistakes in Special Needs Trusts,” Speaker, 2012
    • Attorneys in Tax & Probate, “Testamentary Supplemental Needs Trusts,” Speaker, 1999
    • NAELA, Institute, “Putting on the Ritz: Does it Really Work” Speaker, 2004
    • Midland Odessa Business and Estate Council Meeting, “Elder Law Overview, Public Benefits Planning, Medicaid and VA,” Speaker, Midland 2012
    • HBA, Guardianships & Ad Litem Certification & Elder Law Institute, “Drafting Special Needs Trusts,” Speaker, 1999
    • Texas NAELA Conference, “New & Cutting Edge Medicaid Strategies,” Speaker, 1999
    • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute, “Medicaid Estate Recovery,” Speaker, 2004
    • San Antonio Estate Planners Council, “Elder Law Overview & Medicaid Administration,” Speaker, 2011

    Videos:

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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

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    Educational Background:

    • University of Houston, Houston, Texas, B.S.- Business, 1977

    Industry Groups

    • General Public
    • parents of children who are disabled
    • persons planning their estates with Wills
    • persons who are entering a nursing home and wish to preserve assets with Medicaid planning
    • persons who are in need of trust creation or trust administration
    • persons who are probating decedents estates
    • Powers of Attorney for Finances and Health Care
    • Trusts
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    Office Location for Wesley E. Wright

    4949 Bissonnet Street
    Bellaire, TX 77401

    Phone: 713-660-9595

    Fax: 713-660-8889

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