Melanie Bragg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Houston, TX

Bragg Law PC
 | 4801 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77056
Phone: 713-993-0300
Fax: 713-993-9304
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (30%),
  • Family Law (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (20%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The founder of Bragg Law PC, Melanie Bragg has a diverse general civil practice that encompasses several areas of the law. Located in Houston, Texas, her client base consists of individuals and businesses throughout the greater metropolitan region and out of state. Admitted to practice before all Texas state courts and Colorado, Ms. Bragg has received a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo for her successful track record and high degree of ethics. She loves to problem solve and help clients navigate their way through the legal system.

    Bragg is a longtime mediator and arbitrator and handles a wide variety of disputes, always working hard to ensure that the parties can resolve their differences in the most cost-effective and efficient way. From car wrecks, probate disputes, family law, real estate and business transactions, she is someone who can get the job done.

    Ms. Bragg focuses a portion of her practice on estate planning and probate administration/litigation. In this regard, she has reviewed and prepared wills, trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. When representing the beneficiaries of a decedent's will, she helps guide them through probate in order to ensure that the estate is properly administered and that the process is completed as quickly as possible. Ms. Bragg has handled hundreds of probate cases during her career, and her experience in probate court has also included being appointed as guardian ad litem for elderly clients whose mental and physical health has declined.

    Bragg handles family law matters. For many years she has acted as Amicus Attorney on behalf of children in cases where they are too young to be allowed to express their own opinions before a judge. She helps you have as amicable a divorce as possible and can help you learn how to successfully co-parent.

    Another aspect of Ms. Bragg's practice involves providing advice and counsel to entrepreneurs, starting with business formation and extending through contract review and regulatory compliance.

    Her experience also includes criminal cases, juvenile and child protective services matters. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude, Ms. Bragg's legal education came at the University of Houston Law Center.

     

     
    Practice Areas
    • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 20%Family Law
    • 20%Business/Corporate
    • 20%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Real Estate
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Marital Property, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter S Corporations, Contracts, Business Organizations, Arbitration, Mediation

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    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About Melanie Bragg

    Admitted: 1982, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.bragglawpc.com/attorney/melanie-bragg/

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Elected as American Bar Association House of Delegates Representative for the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division 
    • Texas Bar Foundation, Board of Trustees
    • Immediate Past Chair, American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Public Policy Board
    • Children at Risk Law

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • A fast-paced social/legal thriller with a spiritual twist. Alex Stockton’s impulsive decision catapults her into an unfamiliar world, an impossible trial, and her perfect trial record and judicial future hang in the balance. On a flight from New York to Houston, Alex Stockton, a successful young lawyer, meets Reverend Morse. He is in dire need of a lawyer to represent one of his foster home house parents, Jose Gonzales. The Reverend believes that Jose was falsely accused of sexually molesting Chris Jackson, a teenage boy, in Crosstown Park. He convinces Alex that Chris Jackson made the allegation against Jose because his uncle, Voodoo, is seeking revenge against the Reverend for disrupting his illegal drug and prostitution activities. Alex’s instincts take over and her long buried memories of her foster home background surface. Before the plane lands she has taken Jose’s case  pro bono. She has six weeks to discover what happened in Crosstown Park between Jose and Chris. She teams up with Nic Wright, a handsome former cop turned security company owner, to save Jose and the poor children at Shepherd’s Cottages. As the case progresses, Alex’s life and perfect trial record is threatened. Not to mention her lifelong dream of becoming a judge. What she really needs is a witness…, Author, Crosstown Park, Koehler Books, 2013
    • Since January of 2017 Bragg has written a bi-monthly column on mindfulness for the eReport.  The column focuses on Bragg's journey in the area of mindfulness and she shares resources and discoveries in an effort to help lawyers live their best lives. , Author, Mindfulness 101, Published by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division eReport, Legal, 2019
    • Since 2013 Bragg has written a bi-monthly column in the GP Solo eReport.  Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer's Soul is a leadership column focusing on lessons learned from lawyers and other success principles of leadership. It is an on-going column., Author, Bi-monthly column: Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer's Soul, Published by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division eReport, Legal, 2019
    • When HIPAA became law in 1996, the move already had begun from a paper-based patient data system to an electronic one. This migration poses complex security and privacy issues. Over the next six and a half years, the HIPAA implementation took place with the following goals in mind: -Improve access to health insurance -Minimize healthcare billing fraud, waste and abuse -Increase efficiency and effectiveness of the health care system., Author, HIPPA for the General Practitioner, Published by the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division, Legal; Medical, 2009
    • Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer’s Soul contains 42-inspired essays told by accomplished lawyers detailing their journey to conquer their fears, overcome obstacles, and to discover their true voices. The book serves as a roadmap for leadership and personal growth applicable to all audiences.  Interviews by Melanie Bragg revealed that each lawyer has a “LEAD Line,” or success principle, that he or she has lived by on their path to success.  This unique compilation is organized into Bragg’s own leadership model consisting of L-Legacy, E -Excellence, A -Authenticity, and D -Determination. Touching upon all aspects of our lives, the LEAD Lines are practical and inspiring principles that can take any aspiring person from where they are to where they want to be in life and in their professional careers.  The stories are told by a wide range of lawyers – past ABA presidents, judges, big firm lawyers, small firm lawyers, non-practicing lawyers – what they all have in common is that ultimate success was driven by their “defining moments.”   , Author, Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer's Soul, Published by the American Bar Association Flagship Division, Legal, 2019
    • Author, HIPAA for the General Practitioner

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation
    • Elected American Bar Association House of Delegates Representative to the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division
    • Chair of the American Bar Association's Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice (GP Solo) Division, 2018

    Educational Background:

    • University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Art in Political Science, cum laude, 1978
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    Office Location for Melanie Bragg

    4801 Woodway Drive
    Houston, TX 77056

    Phone: 713-993-0300

    Fax: 713-993-9304

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    Last Updated: 3/11/2020

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