Monica A. Benson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Fort Worth, TX

Katten & Benson
 | 4763 Barwick Drive, Suite 100
Fort Worth, TX 76132
Phone: 817-857-4690
Fax: 817-263-5197
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2020
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Administrative Law (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Monica A. Benson is partner with the Katten & Benson law firm in Fort Worth, Texas. A certified elder law attorney with the National Elder Law Foundation and possessing more than 15 years of legal experience, Ms. Benson provides invaluable counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Fort Worth region and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    ·        Elder law

    ·        Estate planning, wills and trusts

    ·        Probate and estate and trust administration

    ·        Medicaid planning

    ·        Guardianships

    Understanding the sensitive nature of the issues her clients are dealing with, Ms. Benson delivers highly personalized and compassionate counsel to help her clients make the best informed decisions, and she has gained a reputation for devising effective strategies and solutions to help her clients achieve their goals as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

    A leader in her field, Ms. Benson serves as adjunct legal professor at Texas University A&M School of Law, where she teaches class about elder law and facilitates the wills and estates clinic. In addition, she has served as president, treasurer and board member of the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, and she is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

    Moreover, Ms. Benson has written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics related to elder law, Medicaid, guardianships and more. Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, Ms. Benson has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from her peers, including perennial designation as a Top Attorney in the field of Elder Law from Fort Worth, Texas Magazine since 2010. She also received the Guardianship Services 2010 Ad Litem Attorney of the Year award.

    A 2002 graduate of Texas A&M University, Ms. Benson obtained her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2005. She is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Elder Law
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 10%Administrative Law
    Focus Areas

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

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2010, 2014 - 2020

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  • About Monica Benson

    Admitted: 2005, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.kattenbenson.com/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Guardianship Services 2010 Ad Litem Attorney of the Year
    • Top Attorney in the field of Elder Law by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine from 2010-2018
    • Texas Monthly Super Lawyer Rising Star in the field of Elder Law for 2010 and 2014-2019
    • Each year, Guardianship Services, Inc., a non-profit entity in Fort Worth, Texas, names an attorney as Ad Litem of the Year, recognizing that person's contribution to the local guardianship community. Monica A. Benson was named as Ad Litem of the Year in 2010, Ad Litem of the Year, Guardianship Services, Inc., 2010

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Monica A. Benson is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation as recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • State Bar of Texas, 2005
    • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Certified Elder Law Attorney, as recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, 2012
    • Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law, Elder Law and Wills and Estates Clinic, 2013
    • Chancellor, Trinity Episcopal Church Foundation, 2015
    • Board of Directors, Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2015
    • President, Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, 2013
    • Past President, Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, 2014
    • Board of Directors, Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, 2008-present, Member, Past President, 2014-15, President, 2013-14, President-Elect, 2012-13, Treasurer, 2011-12

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Chancellor, Trinity Episcopal Church Foundation, Fort Worth
    • Board of Directors, Cliburn 180°, Van Cliburn Foundation, 2016-2018

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Alzheimer’s Association Spring Symposium, “Medicaid Qualification, Planning and Troubleshooting,” March 2015
    • Guardianship Bootcamp, Tarrant County Bar Association and Tarrant County Probate Court No. One, “Long Term Care Funding,” January 2015
    • Medicaid and IRAs, Disability and Elder Law Attorney Association – Houston, March 2019
    • Fort Worth Paralegal Association, “Elder Law,” November 2015
    • Tarrant Area Gerontological Society Conference, “Guardianships,” March 2016
    • HICAP Benefits Counselor Training for the Area Agency on Aging, “Overview of Elder Law,” June 2016
    • Legal and Financial Decision Making, First United Methodist Church, series on dementia and caregiving, October 2017
    • Palliative Care Team, Texas Health Resources, April 2018
    • Guardianship and Divorce, 2019 Elder Law Conference, Galveston, Texas, August 2019

    Educational Background:

    • High School for Science and Engineering Professions at Dunbar, Fort Worth Independent School District, May 1998
    • B.A., History, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2002

    Industry Groups

    • NAELA
    • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
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    Office Location for Monica A. Benson

    4763 Barwick Drive
    Suite 100
    Fort Worth, TX 76132

    Phone: 817-857-4690

    Fax: 817-263-5197

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    Last Updated: 8/27/2020

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