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K. T. Whitehead is a certified elder law attorney, certified by the National Elder Law Foundation which is accredited by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Texas guardianship probate lawyer in San Antonio, Texas. Her practice emphasizes issues like minor and adult guardianship, probate and estate planning, trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and health care directives (living wills).

The Practice

In her law practice, Ms. Whitehead helps seniors, caregivers, and families plan for their future legal and personal needs. She expands traditional estate planning to include preparation for the issues in life that can accompany aging.

  • Guardianships
  • Probate
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives (Living Wills)
  • Life Care Planning

Kathleen T. Whitehead

Kathleen T. Whitehead is a certified elder law attorney, certified by the National Elder Law Foundation which is accredited by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and Texas probate lawyer in San Antonio. Ms. Whitehead entered private practice in 1992. She received her doctorate of Jurisprudence from Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, in Portland, Oregon, in 1985. She was licensed to practice law in Texas in May of 1990 and has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys since 1994. Prior to opening her practice, Ms. Whitehead worked with seniors, first at Lutheran Social Services in Spokane, Washington, then at Morningside Ministries in San Antonio, Texas. At Morningside, Ms. Whitehead obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license (currently on inactive status).
Ms. Whitehead often speaks on elder law topics to both professional groups and lay people. Her speaking engagements have included the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Texas Bar Association, San Antonio Young Lawyer’s Association, San Antonio Bar Association Seminars, and seminars for nursing home administrators and nurses. She addresses topics such as decision making standards in guardianships; how to avoid a guardianship; probate versus trusts; estate planning basics; and planning for long-term care.

Professional CV

Education

J.D. Degree, Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, Portland, OR, 1984
B.S. Degree, Lewis and Clark College (Political Science), Portland OR, 1978
Certified elder law attorney, certified by the National Elder Law Foundation which is accredited by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Fall 2002

Professional Activities
  • State Bar of Texas, chair, Advanced Elder Law and Guardianship, CLE
  • Board Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a national association for elder law attorneys, 2007-2011
  • Board Member, National Elder Law Foundation, the certification entity for Elder Law attorneys accredited by the ABA, 2006-2012
  • President, National Elder Law Foundation, 2012-2014
  • Board Member, Texas Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • NAELA advisor to the Uniform Law Commission on the Uniform Adult Guardianship Jurisdictional Act
  • One of six NAELA representatives at the national WINGS conference in 2011
  • Member, San Antonio Bar Association, San Antonio, Elder Law Section and the Unauthorized Practice of Law local section
  • Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association, president, 2007
  • Planning committee for Docket Call 1992, San Antonio, Tx.
  • ARC San Antonio Board of Directors, 1993 to 1996

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Awards
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Fellow, 2012
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Elder Law Advocate of the Year, 2016

Staff

Attorneys

Shekinah Hammonds

Shekinah Hammonds

Associate Attorney

Support Staff

Lori Riemenschneider

Lori Riemenschneider

Geriatric Care Manager, Licensed Nursing Facilities Administrator

Shannon Lamont:

Associate degree Paralegal Studies with over ten years’ experience in legal offices

Krista Svehla:

graduate, UTSA, 2016

Articles & Resources

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Update on the Law: Special Needs Trusts

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Who Needs A Special Needs Trust? Rudy was diagnosed with downs syndrome at birth. His parents want to leave him some money when they die but they don’t want to jeopardize his public benefits. Margaret, fifty-four, is schizophrenic and receives…

Guardianship Basics

Texas Legal Standards Related to Mental Capacity in Guardianship Proceedings

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Mental capacity in its most generic sense refers to the set of mental skills that most people use in their everyday lives—skills such as memory, logic, the ability to calculate, and spatial abilities. The concept of mental capacity is especially…

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Medicaid Issues in a Guardianship

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I. Introduction It is unknown how many people are under a guardianship in Texas. What is known is that the number of people going into a guardianship is growing as our population ages and more and more people need the…

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3004 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217

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