- Estate Planning
- Elder Law
- Special Needs Trusts
William R. Hayes is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a partner in Hayes & Wilson, PLLC. Founded in 2007, the firm has grown to be one of the recognized small firms specializing in Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship and Special Needs. He is a frequent speaker on Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Charitable Gifting, Disability Planning, Elder Law, and Medicaid.
In 2004, William received the HBA President’s Award. He has served the Houston Bar Association as co-chair of the Elder Law Committee and as chair of the Fee Dispute Committee. Currently, he is a member of the Houston, Texas and American Bar Associations, the Houston and Texas Bar Foundations, 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 (ATP), the Disability and Elder Law Attorneys Association (DELAA), the Houston Gerontological Association, and the Houston Area Continuity of Care.
Active in several charitable organizations, William has served on the boards of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Legacy Deo, Lutheran Education Association of Houston, Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers—Southwest, Adult Protective Services Advisory Board, Region 4, Red Bird Center for Bereavement and Loss Counseling, the Melanchthon Institute, and Senior Guidance Directory of Houston. He has provided pro bono legal services to patients at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s ALS Clinic at Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center for over 18 years. He served for 12 years in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod dispute resolution system as a reconciler and facilitator.
William has one daughter, Emily, and a Labrador mutt named Dodge. He enjoys running, Crossfit, and biking, has completed 18 marathons and over 100 half-marathons in the United States, Canada and Europe, and has completed several MS-150.
Estate Planning and Probate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
Southern Methodist University
Frequent Speaker on Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Charitable Gifting, Disability Planning, Elder Law and Medicaid
Volunteer attorney to the monthly ALS clinic of the Muscular Dystrophy Association at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas
Frequent Speaker for the Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPA’s, Parkinson’s Society, Alzheimer’s Association and St. Luke’s