Abshire, Molly Dear

4949 Bissonnet StreetBellaire, TX 77401- 4030

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Updated: 02/10/2017

Overview

Office Info

Practice Areas

  • Medicaid planning
  • Estate planning with an emphasis on planning for special needs
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Specialties and Certifications

  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation
  • Accredited Claims Attorney, Department of Veterans Affairs

Other Affiliations

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (Fellow)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Member)
  • Texas Chapter of NAELA, Board Member, 2005-2011
  • Council Member, Houston Bar Association, Probate, Trusts & Estates Section, 2009 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section (Council Member)

Honors

  • Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel “ACTEC”
  • Listed as Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law, Texas' Best Lawyers, 2012 & 2016
  • Listed in the Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers Top List, 2014
  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate, Texas Monthly, 2007-2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas, Best Lawyers, 2008-2017
  • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Lawyers on the Fast Track, H Texas Magazine, 2004
  • Martindale Hubble AV® Peer Review Rated*
  • Listed as Top Lawyer in Elder Law, Houstonia Magazine, 2013-2016

Classes and Seminars

  • Dallas Society of CPAs, "Capacity Issues," Speaker, Dallas, January 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates and Probate 2016, "Elder Law Planning and Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2016
  • State Bar of Texas, Handling Your First (Or Next) Medicaid Case, "Creating a Plan to Achieve Medicaid Eligibility," Speaker, Austin, December 2015
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits, Including SNTs," New York, July 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Elder Law and Guardianship Course, "Initial Client Meeting for Medicaid Planning," Speaker, Houston, April 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estate and Probate Course, "Elder Law Planning and Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2015
  • State Bar of Texas, 16th Annual State Bar College Summer School Course, "Elder Law and Disability Issues," Speaker, Galveston, July 2014
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits, Including Special Needs Trusts," Speaker, New York City, July 2014
  • University of Houston, 12th Annual Gulf Coast Regional Gift Planning Conference, The Top Ten Things a Planner Should Know about Elder Law, UH Hilton, Houston, April 2014
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estate and Probate Course, "Elder Law Overview," Speaker, Austin, January 2014
  • State Bar of Texas, 15th Annual Summer School Course, "Top Ten Things an Estate Planner Should Know," Speaker, Galveston, July 2013
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits, Including Special Needs Trusts, Speaker, New York City, July 2013
  • State Bar of Texas, "Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, Hot Topics in Elder Law," Speaker, Houston, June 2013
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, "Elder Law Planning and Special Needs Trusts," Speaker, McAllen, May 2013
  • Dallas Society of CPAs, "Financing Long-Term Care," Speaker, Dallas, May 2013
  • State Bar of Texas Building Blocks of Wills, Estate and Probate Course, "Elder Law Planning and Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2013
  • Corpus Christi Estate Planning Council, "The Top Ten Things an Estate Planner Should Know About Elder Law," Speaker, Corpus Christi, October 2012
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits," New York, July 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course, The Top Ten Things an Estate Planner Should Know About Elder Law, San Antonio, June 2012
  • South Texas College of Law, "Elder Law Symposium, Guardianship Alternatives, Including Powers of Attorney," Co-Speaker, Houston, April 2012
  • Rio Grande Valley Estate Planning Council, "Elder Law Overview," Speaker, McAllen, April 2012
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, "Special Needs Trust," Speaker, McAllen, April 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates and Probate, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2012
  • State Bar of Texas, Medicaid 101, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, November 2011
  • South Texas College of Law, "26th Annual Wills & Probate Institute, Medicaid & VA Updates," Speaker, September 2011
  • American Bar Association, Skills Training for Estate Planners, "Planning for Public Benefits," Speaker, New York, July 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, "35th Annual Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Law Course, Medicaid & VA Update," Speaker, Fort Worth, June 2011
  • Hidalgo County Bar Association, "Building a Successful Estate Planning & Probate Law Practice, Court Created Trusts in Texas, Including Ethical Considerations," Speaker, McAllen, March 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates, & Probate, Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2011
  • State Bar of Texas, "Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, Drafting to Retain Governmental Benefits for Devisees," Speaker, Houston, October 2010
  • South Texas College of Law, "25th Annual Wills & Probate Institute, Medicaid Update," Speaker, Houston, September 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, "Advanced Elder Law 2010, 2009 Legislative Changes," Speaker, Dallas, April 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate, Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Austin, January 2010
  • Houston Bar Association, "Guardianship Ad Litem in Probate Court & Elder Law Institute, Continuing Legal Education, Introduction To Veterans Benefits," Speaker, Houston, January 2010
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course," Speaker, January 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, "Advanced Elder Law & Guardianship Course, "Medicaid Estate Recovery Program," Speaker, Houston, March 2009
  • State Bar of Texas, "Medicaid Planning, What You Can Do and You Must Know," Speaker, Austin, November 2008
  • Houston Bar Association, "Sole-Benefit Trusts," Speaker, Houston, July 2008
  • "Victoria Area Regional Estate Planning Council, Wills & Supplemental Needs Trusts Overview," Speaker, Victoria, May 2008
  • State Bar of Texas, "Advanced Guardianship & Elder Law Course, When Family Law & Elder Law Intersect," Speaker, Dallas, March 2008
  • Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association, "Non-Institutional Medicaid Programs for the Elderly & Disabled," Speaker, Houston, January 2008
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course," Speaker, January 2008
  • Attorney in Tax & Probate, "Supplemental Needs Trusts Overview," Speaker, Houston, April 2007
  • Houston Bar Association, "Probate, Trusts & Estates Section Meeting, Medicaid Changes & Strategies," Speaker, Houston, March 2007
  • University of Texas, "Special Needs Trust Conference, Special Needs Trust Overview," Speaker, February 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, Houston, January 2007
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, Live Studio Broadcast, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, January 2006
  • State Bar of Texas, "Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning & Probate Course, Elder Law Drafting Considerations," Speaker, Austin, October 2005
  • University of Texas School of Law, Elder Law Conference, "Nursing Home Misrepresentations," Speaker, Galveston, August 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, "Elder Law Primer," Speaker, Dallas, June 2005
  • Attorneys in Tax & Probate, "Medicaid Update," Speaker, Houston, May 2005
  • Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association, "How to Determine if Your Client Qualifies for Low-Cost Housing," Speaker, Houston, February 2005
  • University of Texas School of Law, Special Needs Trusts: A Guide for Attorneys, "Financial Advisors & Trust Officers, HUD Housing," Speaker, Austin, February 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, "Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, A Live Studio Broadcast, Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, January 2005
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning & Probate Course, "Drafting for the Elderly: Medicaid & Other Mountains, Speaker, League City, October 2004
  • University of Texas School of Law, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Affordable Housing," Speaker, Galveston, August 2004
  • Halfmoon LLC, Practical Medicare & Medicaid Skills in Texas, Medicaid Benefits & Eligibility, Speaker, Houston, August 2004
  • University of Houston, Wills & Probate Institute, Medicaid, Medicare & Estate Recovery: Can You Get the Benefits without Losing Everything, Speaker, Houston, May 2004
  • National Business Institute, Estate, Financial & Health Care Planning Seminar, Speaker Houston, April 2004
  • State Bar of Texas, Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course, A Live Studio Broadcast, "Elder Law Planning & Issue Spotting," Speaker, January 2004
  • Disability & Elder Law Attorneys Association, Basic Self-Settled SNTs/Pooled Trusts, Speaker, Houston, May 2003
  • South Texas College of Law, Elder Law Conference: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, Ten Common Errors in Medicaid Planning, Speaker, Houston, May 2003
  • Halfmoon LLC Seminars: Practical Medicare & Medicaid Skills in Texas, "Planning for Medicaid Eligibility & Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Speaker, Houston, March 2003
  • South Texas College of Law, Representing the Elder Client: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, Speaker, Houston, September 2002
  • South Texas College of Law, Wills & Probate Institute, Medicaid Planning, Speaker, Houston, September 2001
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, Abuse, Neglect & Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, Co-Author, Houston & Dallas, December 2000 & February 2001
  • NASA/Johnson Space Center, Total Health & Safety Day, Elder Law Issues, Speaker, October 2000
  • State Bar of Texas, Agricultural Law Seminar, Trespass Concerns, Austin, June 1994

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1993
    J.D.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 1989
    B.A. - English

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Past Lists

  • 2016Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2015Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2014Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2013Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2012Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2011Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2010Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2009Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2008Texas Super Lawyers list
  • 2007superlawyers.com Super Lawyers list

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Honors

  • Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel “ACTEC”
  • Listed as Lawyer of the Year in Elder Law, Texas' Best Lawyers, 2012 & 2016
  • Listed in the Top 100: Houston Super Lawyers Top List, 2014
  • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, Estate Planning and Probate, Texas Monthly, 2007-2017
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Texas, Best Lawyers, 2008-2017
  • Houston's Top Lawyers for the People, H Texas Magazine, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Lawyers on the Fast Track, H Texas Magazine, 2004
  • Martindale Hubble AV® Peer Review Rated*
  • Listed as Top Lawyer in Elder Law, Houstonia Magazine, 2013-2016

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Office Information

Address

4949 Bissonnet StreetBellaire, TX 77401- 4030

Fax

  • 713-660-8889

Email

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Friday

Publication

Articles

  • Save My Home! Saving Your Home, Farm or Ranch from Medicaid Estate Recovery in Texas, Co-Author
  • Thomson West's, Texas Elder Law, Vol. 51, Texas Practice Series, Co-Author
  • Houston Chronicle Columnist, "Elder Law Notes," Monthly, 50+ Section
  • "Planning Effectively to Cope with Medicaid Estate Recovery," Estate Planning, Vol. 32 No. 8, Co-Author, August 2005
  • South Texas College of Law, Representing the Elderly Client: Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, "Fifteen Misrepresentations Made by Nursing Homes," Co-Author, Houston, May 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Elder Law Course, "Basic Medicaid & Long-Term Care Planning," Co-Author, Austin, March 2002
  • Houston Bar Association, Wills & Probate Institute, "Practical Considerations in Medicaid Planning: Twelve Things to Avoid," Co-Author, Houston, February 2002
  • State Bar of Texas, Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Institute, "Report on Medicare After the HMO Retreat, What's New in Advanced Medicaid Planning Techniques & Prospective Dilemmas in Medicaid Planning," Co-Author, Houston, June 2001
  • "Miller Trust May Help You, Loved One, Qualify for Medicaid Benefits," Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, Co-Author, March 2001
  • The University of Texas School of Law, Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship & Elder Law Conference, "Recognizing & Responding to Inappropriate or Illegal Estate Planning," Co-Author, Galveston, August 2000
  • "Special Trust Protects from Medicaid Rules," Houston Chronicle, 50+ Section, Co-Author, February 2000
  • "Assessing a Person for Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility," The Pocket Guide, Co-Author, 1999

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