Mary E. Mason

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Houston, TX

Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
 | 1300 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-986-7155
Fax: 713-730-5932
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (80%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Mary E. Mason is an attorney at Gray Reed & McGraw LLP. Based in Houston, Texas, she focuses her practice on estate planning and administration, and she has been certified as a specialist in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Admitted to practice before all Texas state courts since 2000, Ms. Mason is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Ms. Mason has substantial experience in the preparation and review of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. She tailors each estate plan to meet the needs and objectives of each of her clients, often with an eye to the minimization of estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Ms. Mason's estate planning work has also included the coordination of beneficiary designations for her clients' retirement accounts and life insurance policies.

The leader of her firm's probate and trust administration practice group. Ms. Mason helps her beneficiary and fiduciary clients to navigate what can often be a lengthy and divisive probate process. She helps prepare the required estate tax return and helps to ensure that all of a decedent's financial obligations have been taken care of before the estate's assets are distributed. Ms. Mason's probate litigation experience has encompassed accounting disputes and will contests, representing potential heirs as well as fiduciaries, and she has assisted trustees and beneficiaries in cases involving the modification of trusts.

Ms. Mason obtained her legal education at South Texas College of Law Houston, and in 1999, she was awarded her Juris Doctor. A fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, she is also a member of the Houston Bar Association and other professional groups.

 
Practice Areas
  • 80%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019

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About Mary Mason

Admitted: 2000, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.grayreed.com/Our-People/mary-mason

Honors/Awards:

  • Named a Houstonia Magazine Top Lawyer in Houston (2018 - 2019) 
  • Named a "Super Lawyer" by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters business) as published in Texas Monthly (2016 – 2019)

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Planning Committee, State Bar of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2014
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  • Council Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, 2018
  • Council Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, 2017
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation, 2017
  • Planning Committee, State Bar of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2016
  • Board Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, 2017
  • Council Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, 2016
  • Board Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, 2015
  • Board Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, 2018
  • Council Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, 2015
  • Planning Committee, State Bar of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2013
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Association, 2018
  • Board Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, 2016
  • Planning Committee, State Bar of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Co-Author, "POA's: Possibilities, Obstacles and Abuses II", Houston Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, 2016
  • Co-Author, "Big Returns Using Low Interest Rates", Texas Lawyer, 2014
  • Co-Presenter, "Lost in Translation: How to Apply What You Heard Today to What You Do Everyday", State Bar of Texas Intermediate Estate Planning and Probate Course, 2014
  • Co-Author, "How to Handle the Legal Challenges of the 'Sandwich Generation'", Houston Business Journal Online, 2013
  • Co-Author, "POA's: Possibilities, Obstacles and Abuses", Houston Bar Association Wills & Probate Institute, 2012

Educational Background:

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, 1993
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Office Location for Mary E. Mason

1300 Post Oak Boulevard
Suite 2000
Houston, TX 77056

Phone: 713-986-7155

Fax: 713-730-5932

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Last Updated: 1/12/2020

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