Trends & Strategies for Estate Planning in the New Normal

Join us for this OpenRICE session about estate planning. Houston lawyer and the Glasscock School's Certified Financial Planning - Estate Planning instructor, Thais Amaral Tellawi will lead discussions around the following topics:

  • Estate planning basics: What is an estate? Why should someone have a will? What happens to assets when someone dies?
  • Recommended documents a Texas resident should have & what they do.
  • Myths & truths about what happens when someone dies.
  • Adapting to COVID-19 and what we do differently now.


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About Thais Amaral Tellawi

Thais Amaral Tellawi founded Amaral Tellawi Law, in Houston, Texas. It is a boutique family-owned law firm representing domestic and international individuals, families, and the owners of privately-held and family-owned companies in the areas of estate planning, business, and real estate.

Thais enjoys educating people. She has spoken at more than 50 seminars on topics related to her areas of practice, including trust and estate planning, wills, probate, estate administration, and guardianship.

In February 2020, Thais began teaching the Estate Planning course at Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. To date, this is one of her most challenging and most rewarding role. Thais received her Bachelor of the Arts in Corporate and Organizational Communication from the University of Houston and her Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University.

Thais is consistently recognized in Texas Monthly, Super Lawyers, and Houstonia Magazine as a top lawyer and “rising star”. In 2018, TX CPA Houston awarded Thais “Speaker of the Year”.

Thais was born and raised in Campinas, Brazil. She is fluent in Portuguese. She is married to Saeed, who is also an attorney at the firm. They have a two-year-old child, Sasha. Thais enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. She loves animals, especially dogs. She hopes to one day set-up a farm for unadoptable animals.




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