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Kelly M. Bentley - Associate

Kelley Bentley - Associate Board Certified - Texas Board of Legal Specialization - Estate Planning and Probate Law

Kelley Bentley focuses her practice on elder law, estate planning, trust administration, probate and guardianship. Ms. Bentley 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. Ms. Bentley 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. Ms. Bentley 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 and VA benefits. Ms. Bentley 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. Ms. Bentley 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
  • VA Benefits Planning
  • 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, 2016, 2017)
    • Up-and-Coming 100, 2017
    • Up-and-Coming 50 Women, 2017
  • Listed, H Texas Magazine "Top Lawyer" for Elder Law (2014, 2015)
  • Affilliations
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
  • 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 (Board Member)
  • Member, Houston Business and Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Planned Giving Council of Houston
  • Texana Community Advisory Board
  • Bar Admissions
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Publications
  • Houston Bar Association, Co-Presenter, “Fiduciaries Gone Wild,” Houston, February 2017
  • Planned Giving Council of Houston, “Estate Planning Basics” and “How to Avoid the Unauthorized Practice of Law,” Houston, February 2017
  • University of Texas Probate, Elder Law and Guardianship Conference, Presenter, “Dealing With Non-US Applicants for Medicaid Benefits,” Galveston, August 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning & Probate, “Planning for Beneficiaries With Special Needs: How Public Benefits Affect Planning, Guardianship and Litigation,” San Antonio, June 2016
  • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, “Financing Long-Term Care Without Breaking the Bank,” Houston, May 2016
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association, Co-Presenter, “Corporate Trustees: Not Just for Probate Anymore,” Richmond, March 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, How to Handle Your First (or Next) Medicaid Case, “Medicaid Estate Recovery Program,” Austin, December 2015
  • Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, Co-Presenter, “Guardianship for the Medicaid Recipient,” Houston, December 2015
  • University of Texas Probate, Elder Law and Guardianship Conference, Co-Presenter, “Guardianship for the Medicaid Recipient,” Galveston, August 2015
  • Attorneys in Tax and Probate Law, “Hot Topics in Elder Law,” Houston, March 2015
  • University of Texas Probate, Elder Law and Guardianship Conference, Co-Presenter, “Dealing With Non-US Applicants for Medicaid Benefits,” Galveston, 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