Our Houston office is uniquely qualified to provide legal advice and representation in all legal matters relating to Medicaid eligibility and estate planning in Texas.
We Put Families First!
Attorney Edwin E. Lee helps families in Houston, Texas, work through difficult times, like ensuring aging parents get the quality long-term care services they need without losing their homes and savings. We also help families navigate divorce as painlessly as possible or grow their families through adoption.
We believe helping Texas families with critical legal issues offers peace of mind about their loved ones’ futures. Life is full of challenges. Some can be avoided through proper planning, while others require an experienced professional to find the right solution quickly. In either case, you can trust the Law Office of Edwin E. Lee to guide and support you through life-altering decisions for you, your aging parents, and your minor children.
At the Law Office of Edwin E. Lee, our Houston law firm practices estate planning and elder law, including Medicaid planning, asset protection, probate and trust administration, guardianship, family law, and related issues.
If you live in the Houston communities of The Heights, The Woodlands, Bel Air, or West University Heights, or the surrounding cities of Baytown, Humble, Cloverleaf, Pearland, Stafford, Deer Park, and more, contact us for a consultation today.
into Long-Term Care
Texas nursing home care or in-home care can be expensive for you or your aging loved one. At the Law Office of Edwin E. Lee, we can help you protect your hard-earned assets from being spent down on the high costs of long-term care with Medicaid planning strategies that include Miller Trusts, also known as Qualified Income Trusts.
Medicaid planning can ensure you or a loved one get the health care coverage you need without spending your assets. Planning involves several methods that can depend on many individual factors, but with Ed Lee’s help, we can navigate the Texas Medicaid process together. If you are a veteran, you may be eligible for veterans benefits. We can help you navigate the complicated process of obtaining the benefits you deserve.
Our Texas Medicaid planning attorneys can prepare an entire estate plan, including the instruments necessary to preserve Medicaid eligibility. We are available to review an existing estate plan and recommend modifications to achieve the Medicaid eligibility you deserve.
Estate planning is for everybody. Texas estate planning is an essential part of protecting your legacy for your loved ones. Your estate plan offers legal instructions to protect you and your hard-earned assets using documents like wills and trusts. Your estate plan also gives your loved ones, your family, assets, goals, and legacy the best possible outcomes in the eyes of the law.
An estate plan safeguards your home and all other assets you find valuable – such as your vehicles, personal belongings, insurance plans, and many others. At the same time, your estate plan can dictate how your assets will be distributed to your loved ones while simultaneously lowering your tax liability in Texas.
Without an established estate plan, your assets are not protected. Texas state law controls what happens to your assets instead, which usually doesn’t align with your own personal intentions for your estate.
Our estate planning process begins with understanding your long-term goals. And our estate planning lawyers in Houston will discuss which assets you wish to protect in your later years and which assets you wish to pass down to loved ones.
Every estate plan is strategically designed to meet your individual planning needs. We will also help you qualify and apply for government benefits that you are eligible for, including Medicaid and veterans benefits. Ed Lee, your Texas estate planning attorney, can help you prepare the best legal documents needed to achieve your personal estate planning goals.
Any aspect of family law in Texas entails significant changes that can affect the finances, logistics, and lifestyle of everyone involved. Family law is a very personal area of the law, whether you seek custody modifications, grandparents’ rights, visitation rights, child adoption, or planning your estate. That is why it’s essential to hire the right Houston, TX, attorney to handle your family law matter.
The laws in Texas are often complex and confusing, so an experienced Houston family law lawyer can help you or a loved one navigate the Texas family court process. A family law attorney understands that each Texas family court case is unique and will work with you or a loved one to navigate the best option for your family law case.
Court procedures and legal hearings are not a one-size-fits-all environment. Texas families may need assistance navigating what legal services they need most for their unique legal matter in Texas. Ed Lee can help.
Many people become involved with administering an estate at some point. It may result from being named the personal representative (executor) of an estate, a trustee of a trust, or being named a beneficiary or heir of an estate.
Texas Probate and Estate Administration
Probate and estate administration cover the entire legal process necessary to settle a person’s estate after death. The appointed representative (usually a family member) opens the probate case in court. With the court’s help, they’ll work through all the financial business the decedent left behind. This includes disposing of personal property, money, real property, or anything else the deceased owned at the time of their death. Estate administration also deals with any debts. You can also get advice and support from a probate attorney in Texas.
Sometimes probate and estate administration are complicated by beneficiaries that suspect they were removed or left out of an inheritance due to fraud, undue influence, forgery, or misrepresentation of a will, the questionable capacity of their loved one, or a trustee’s failure to follow trust provisions. The Law Office of Edwin E. Lee can help you litigate when probate and trust administration lead to a dispute.
It’s vital to set up guardianship in your estate plan if you have minor children. You can choose a guardian to care for your minor children if you become unable to care for them due to an illness, accident, or death. A court ultimately decides who can serve as guardian, but your choice will be considered first.
Guardianship is sometimes necessary when going through a divorce involving complex family issues, such as domestic violence or substance abuse. Another family member may seek guardianship, or the court may appoint one if necessary.
Guardianship is also sought in adoption cases. Sometimes the court uses a Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship (SAPCR) to give conservatorship (custody) of a child to someone who isn’t the biological parent. Conservatorship includes various child-raising rights similar to biological parents, but only the rights that a judge lists in the court order.
Being appointed as a guardian of a minor in Texas carries a lot of responsibility. Requirements and procedures are followed to satisfy the court that you are qualified to care for a child.
Recently proposed legislation seeks to offer financial relief for unpaid family caregivers. The Lowering Costs for Caregivers Act of 2023 is the result of a bipartisan effort to lessen the costs of family caregiving.
To secure the maximum amount in monthly Social Security retirement benefits, Americans must wait until full retirement age to start receiving their payouts. Results from a 2023 survey show that most of today's workers know about this stipulation - and yet the vast majority say they’re willing to file for their Social Security benefits early anyway.
Although 2024 Medicare premiums are seeing an increase, there are nevertheless a few bright spots. Starting on January 1, 2024, Medicare enrollees may be pleased to hear about several positive changes taking place.