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 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

Certifications

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

Honors and Awards

Listed, Thompson Reuters Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

  • Up-and-Coming 100, 2017, 2018
  • Up-and-Coming 50 Women, 2017, 2018

Listed, H Texas Magazine “Top Lawyer” for Elder Law (2014, 2015)

Affiliations

Fort Bend County Bar Association, Member Board of Directors (Secretary)

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)

Texana, Community Advisory Board

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas, 2005

Publications

State Bar of Texas, Intermediate Estate Planning & Probate, Presenter, “ABLE Accounts, ARC of Texas and Special Needs Trust,” Houston, June 2017

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, “Changing Probate Ships Midstream,” 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, “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