Kelley M. Bentley - Associate

Sugar Land Town Square
2277 Plaza Drive, Suite 290
Sugar Land, TX 77479
281.207.7697
kbentley@rmwbhlaw.com

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Ms. Bentley focuses her practice on elder law, estate planning, trust administration, probate and guardianship.  She is board certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, in addition to being a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.  Kelley is a VA accredited claims attorney.

Ms. Bentley regularly advises clients on the preparation of estate planning documents, with an emphasis on the special needs of the elderly and individuals with disabilities.  She assists individuals with the preparation and administration of special needs trusts, as well as advises individuals on long-term care planning needs, including qualification for Medicaid benefits.  Kelley advises individuals regarding all issues surrounding estate and trust administration, including representation before the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program, as well as coordination of assets and lifetime gifts to reduce income and transfer tax liability. 

Ms. Bentley frequently speaks to professional organizations, as well as community groups, on elder law, estate planning and probate issues.  She seeks to educate and assist individuals on options for financing long-term care, as well as on estate planning techniques to mitigate tax liability.   

Practice Areas
Elder Law
Estate Planning
Trust and Estate Administration
Special Needs Planning, including Medicaid planning
Guardianship

Education
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
LL.M in Taxation, 2010

South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
Juris Doctorate, 2005
Assistant Note & Comment Editor, South Texas Law Review

University of Houston, Houston, Texas
B.A. in Music, minor in French, 2001

Honors and Awards
Listed, Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2013, 2014, 2015)
Listed, Houston’s Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine (2014, 2015)

Bar Admissions
State Bar of Texas

Affiliations
Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Texas Chapter
Member, Fort Bend County Bar Association
Member, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, State Bar of Texas
Member, Probate, Trust and Estates Section, Houston Bar Association
Member, Attorneys in Tax and Probate
Member, Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association

Professional Presentations
Attorneys in Tax and Probate Law, “Hot Topics in Elder Law,” Houston, March 2015
University of Texas Probate, Elder Law and Guardianship Conference, “Dealing With Non-US Applicants for Medicaid Benefits,” August 2014
Attorneys in Tax and Probate Law, “Top Ten Mistakes in Drafting and Administering Special Needs Trusts,” Houston, March 2014
Texas Society of CPAs CPE Expo, “Financing Long Term Care,” Houston, December 2013
South Texas College of Law, 28th Annual Wills and Probate Institute, “Medicaid: All You Need to Know,” Houston, September 2013
Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law 101 Course, “ABCs of Medicaid Planning,” Austin, September 2013
Houston Bar Association, Ethics & Elder Law, July 2011
Houston Bar Association, All Day Ethics Institute - Ethics & Elder Law, February 2011