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THAIS AMARAL TELLAWI is a managing partner with the law firm of Amaral Tellawi Law, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, including wills, trusts, guardianship, and probate. Ms. Tellawi represents individuals, families and business owners. Ms. Tellawi is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Attorneys in Tax and Probate, and National Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors. She earned her J.D. degree from Texas Southern University and her B.A. degree from the University of Houston.
NICHOLAS A. DUPRE is managing partner at Dupre Law Offices, PLLC, where he concentrates his practice on probate, estate and gift tax planning, business planning and taxation, asset protection, estate administration, elder law, charitable organizations, and intellectual property transactions. Mr. Dupre is board certified in estate planning and probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is licensed to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Tax Court. Mr. Dupre is a member of the State Bar of Texas, The Woodlands and Houston bar associations. He is also a member of the Houston Business Estate Planning Counsel. Mr. Dupre earned his B.A. degree from Trinity University and his J.D. degree from the Texas A&M School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. He clerked for Judge King and Judge Ferchil in the Tarrant County Probate Courts.
WILLIAM R. HAYES is a partner in the law firm of Hayes & Wilson, PLLC. He is a frequent speaker on estate planning, wills and trusts, probate, charitable gifting, disability planning, elder law, and Medicaid. Mr. Hayes has served the Houston Bar Association as co-chair of the Elder Law Committee and chair of the Fee Dispute Committee, for which he was honored with the HBA Presidents Award. He is board certified in estate planning and probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, and the Houston and American bar associations, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Houston Estate and Financial Forum, the Houston Business and Estate Planning Council, Attorneys in Tax and Probate, the Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association, and the Houston Gerontological Society. Mr. Hayes earned his B.B.A. and J.D. degrees from the Southern Methodist University.
SUSAN MEEK M.D., J.D. is an attorney whose practice primarily focuses on medical-legal, corporate and business matters, pharmaceutical and device litigation, nursing home litigation, real estate, mediation, and arbitration. She represents both plaintiffs and defendants in both transactional work and litigation. She has served as a special master in a large multi-party lawsuit and as an administrative law judge in Texas. In the past she has taught as adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law School teaching ADR, dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, and legal negotiation. As a mediator and arbitrator for many years in all areas of the law she is on the Federal Mediators list in Texas. She has written a book, chapters, and articles in these and other areas. Ms. Meek has moderated seminars and taught other courses in various legal areas. She has previously served as an expert witness for the Department of Health and Human Services. She earned her B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, J.D. degree from the University of Illinois (Northern) and M.D. degree from Chicago Medical School. Ms. Meek trained at the Mayo Clinic and completed an ophthalmologic residency at the University of Arizona. In the past she has served on a Governor’s Task Force and has been involved on committees dealing with medical and legal issues.
ROBERT KEITH MORRIS III is a partner with Ostrom Morris PLLC. His practice is focused on consumer and commercial litigation, probate, guardianship and estates, bankruptcy litigation and other general litigation. Mr. Morris currently serves in a fiduciary capacity as ad litem, administrator and guardian for Harris County and dozens of other counties in Texas. He serves as a guardian for elderly and incapacitated individuals that need assistance with their finances. His duties as an administrator include accounting for and safeguarding the assets of a decedent's estate, distributions to creditors, finding family members that may be heirs or have an interest in the estate and winding up the estate. Mr. Morris also serves as an ad litem for Harris County with regard to property tax foreclosures which entails investigating to determine if the taxing authority has assessed taxes on the correct property and if there exists a family member that may be responsible for paying the taxes. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of probate and guardianship, debt and credit, and other consumer related issues; has written papers on The Service Members Civil Relief Act: Layers of Concern for Bankruptcy and Collection Lawyers, Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, December 2004; and is currently a contributing editor of Barron and Newburger's Fair Debt Collection Practice Manual. His speaking engagements and presentation of papers has included the Texas Trial Lawyers, The People's Law School, The American Legion, the Stonewall Lawyers Association, and the Houston Association of Debtor's Attorneys. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas and is also admitted to all of the federal and bankruptcy courts in Texas. Mr. Morris is an active member of the Houston Bar Association, Houston Association of Debtors Attorneys and Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Morris earned his B.A. degree, in political science, from the Texas A&M University and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.