Tresi Moore Weeks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Plano, TX

The Weeks Law Firm, PLLC
 | 5600 Tennyson Parkway, Suite 105
Plano, TX 75024
Phone: 214-269-4290
Fax: 972-403-1850
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1987
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
    Attorney Profile

    Tresi Moore Weeks is an an estates and special needs attorney in Plano, Texas. Ms. Weeks devotes her practice to estate planning, handling matters involving guardianship, wills, living trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, probate and special needs trusts. She serves clients in Collin County and throughout Texas.

    Ms. Weeks is dedicated to helping individuals who have loved ones with special needs. She helps families with children with disabilities plan for their child's future through special needs trusts, life planning and guardianship.  She is also a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy.

    Over the course of her career, Ms. Weeks has served in leadership roles for organizations.  She is the incoming President of the Collin County Bar Association, the past Chair of Board of Disability Rights Texas, serves on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Estate Planning Council and the Estate Planning Council of North Texas, and is past President of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Collin County Bar Association.  She has served various organizations that serve individuals with disabilities.  She is a frequent speaker on special needs trusts and planning, speaking to attorneys, financial advisors, CPAs, parents and educators.  She maintains active membership in the Dallas Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Texas Bar College.

    Ms. Weeks received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service from Baylor University. She earned her law degree from Baylor Law. In addition to all Texas state courts, she is qualified to appear before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of Texas.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

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

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2020

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    About Tresi Weeks

    Admitted: 1987, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://weekslawfirm.com/meet-the-team/tresi-weeks/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Ms. Weeks received this award for recognition of our outstanding service to the disability community.  Dominique Cares is a support organization for parents and siblings.  , Difference Maker Award, Dominique Cares, 2019

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy , 2020
    • Texas Attorney Ad Litem and Guardian Ad Litem  , 2020
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth District
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President Elect of the Collin County Bar Association, Board Member, 2020
    • Board of Governors of the Dallas Estate Planning Council, 2020
    • Board of Governors of the Estate Planning Council of North Texas, 2020
    • Former President of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Collin County Bar Association, current board member, 2020
    • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), 2020
    • State Bar College of Texas, member, 2020
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • Dallas Women Lawyers Association, President 1993, Vice President 1992, Board of Directors, 1989-94, member, 1988-95
    • Dallas Society of Financial Service Professionals, Board Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Member of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
    • Probate, Trust and Estates Section of the Dallas Bar Association 
    • State Bar of Texas, Mentor Program for Lawyers Committee 1994-98, Local Bar Services Committee, 1994-96

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board Member of Coventry Reserve, 2020
    • Past Chair of the Board of Directors, Disability Rights Texas, 2019
    • Advisory Council of the Communities Foundation of Texas, 2018
    • My Possibilities: Advisory Council Member
    • Texas GPS, Founder
    • Chair of PAIMI Council of Disability Rights Texas (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness)
    • Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program-volunteer attorney ad litem
    • Legal Aid of Northwest Texas--volunteer attorney
    • Legal Services of North Texas, volunteer, Pro Bono Service Award 1989-91

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • The use of special needs trusts in estate planning for families with children with disabilities; tax and estate tax implications; recent law developments., Presenter, author, Special Needs Trusts and Planning for Children with Disabilities: Complexities and Recent Developments, North Texas Bench Bar Conference, Attorneys, 2020
    • Law changes from the SECURE Act change the use of inherited IRAs in estate planning.  This presentation covered the basics of leaving an IRA to a trust, and how that is affected by the SECURE Act.  If the IRA is left to a trust for a child with disabilities, it may receive a stretch-out of tax-deferred growth., Presenter, author, IRAs and SNTs: Using IRAs to Fund SNTs, UT CLE Special Needs Trust Conference, Attorneys, Trust Officers, 2020
    • Presentation of charitable planning in estate planning and an introduction to the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy program., Presenter, "Why Philanthropy? Why Now? Why CAP? Why Us?", Dallas Society of Financial Professionals, 2019
    • Presented on basic and advanced planning for families with children with disabilities., Presenter, author, Special Needs Trusts, NBI, CPAs, Estate Planning Attorneys, Financial Advisors, 2019
    • Explained legal issues for different home ownership options for an adult child with disabilities, including issues when a special needs trust owns the home, owning the home in an LLC if there will be other renters, or owning the home outright., Presenter, "Home Ownership for Special Needs Children: Including a Home in your Estate or Special Needs Trust", Community for Permanent Supported Housing, Special Needs Community, 2019
    • Presentation on how child support impacts eligibility for government benefits of a child with disabilities, and the use of a special needs trust to avoid benefits disqualification; family law issues when a child has special needs., Presenter, "Children With Disabilities in Family Law Cases", Collin County Bar Association Family Law Section, Family Law Attorneys, 2019
    • 46th Annual NDSC Convention host over 5 thousand people from across the world. 48 State, 17 Countries and 4 Continents of the World. Tresi presented to over 300 caregivers, parents, professionals and individuals with special needs., Presenter , Protecting Your Adult Child with Alternatives to Guardianship and Conservatorships, National Down Syndrome Congress , 2018
    • Presentation to 200 CPAs from the North Texas area on Special Needs Planning and Trusts, Presenter, Special Needs Planning for Families, Dallas CPA Society Convergence , CPA, 2018
    • Texas became the first state in the nation to recognize supportive decision-making aggreements as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship. , Presenter, A New Tool for Clients with Disabilities: Supported Decision-Making Agreements , UT CLE, 2016
    • The federal ABLE Act allows states to establish a special savings program for persons with disabilities, which operate similar to 529 education accounts. The U.S. Department of the Treasury is currently developing regulations to guide the states in the administration of the program., Author, ABLE ACCOUNTS: A Better Life for Individuals with Disabilities, Dallas Bar Association, Legal, 2016
    • "Special Needs Planning:  Avoiding the Pitfalls", Presenter, Collin County Bar Association Estates And Probate Section, 2013
    • "Special Needs Trusts:  What Every Practitioner Should Know", Author, Dallas Bar Headnotes, Dallas Bar Association, 2013
    • "The Arc's Center for Future Planning," a new resource to help aging parents plan for their adult children with intellectual and developmental disabilities., Presenter, UT CLE, Special Needs Trust Conference, 2015

    Videos:

    • UNT Law School presents Tresi Weeks and Chris Krupa Downs speaking on probate and special needs., Probate and Special Needs, Attorneys, Special Needs Families, 2020

    Educational Background:

    • Baylor Law School, 1987
    • Baylor University, B.A. in Foreign Service, 1984

    Industry Groups

    • Estate Planning
    • Guardianship
    • Probate
    • Special Needs Planning
    • Special Needs Trusts
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    Office Location for Tresi Moore Weeks

    5600 Tennyson Parkway
    Suite 105
    Plano, TX 75024

    Phone: 214-269-4290

    Fax: 972-403-1850

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