Monica A. Benson, J.D., CELA*

Monica A. Benson
Monica A. Benson

Monica A. Benson is a Certified Elder Law Attorney* who has spent her decade-plus career assisting clients with elder law needs.  She represents clients in a number of different areas, including drafting estate planning documents such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney; probate matters for estates of all sizes, whether the decedent died with or without a will; guardianship matters, where she represents guardians, wards, or serves as a court-appointed attorney; and Medicaid planning, helping clients determine, obtain and maintain eligibility.  Monica also helps teach the next generations of attorneys as an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law, teaching Elder Law and a practical skills Wills and Estates Clinic.

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Associations and Accomplishments
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, as certified by the National Elder Law Foundation and recognized by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Partner, Katten & Benson
  • Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyer Rising Star in the field of Elder Law for 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016, a designation awarded to no more than 2.5% of eligible attorneys.  (Super Lawyers is a Thompson Reuters service.)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, member and
    • Past President 2014-15
    • President 2013-14
    • President-Elect 2012-13
    • Treasurer 2011-12
    • Board of Directors 2008-11
  • Top Attorney in the field of Elder Law by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine from 2010-2015
  • Guardianship Services 2010 Ad Litem Attorney of the Year
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Chancellor, Trinity Episcopal Church Foundation, Fort Worth
Recent Presentations and Publications
  • HICAP Benefits Counselor Training for the Area Agency on Aging, “Overview of Elder Law,” June 2016
  • Tarrant Area Gerontological Society Conference, “Guardianships,” March 2016
  • Fort Worth Paralegal Association, “Elder Law,” November 2015
  • Alzheimer’s Association Spring Symposium, “Medicaid Qualification, Planning and Troubleshooting,” March 2015
  • Guardianship Bootcamp, Tarrant County Bar Association and Tarrant County Probate Court No. One, “Long Term Care Funding,” January 2015
Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas, 2005


Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M School of Law), Juris Doctor, May 2005

Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Arts in History, May 2002

High School for Science and Engineering Professions at Dunbar, Fort Worth Independent School District, May 1998

  • Official Referee and Dog-Walker for Milo (the Rottweiler) and Gracie (the Pit Bull Terrier)
  • Staff, Pollock the Tabby Cat
  • Yogi and occasional avid runner

*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.

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