Experienced Houston Estate Planning Lawyers

The Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill provides individual and family clients with the benefit of our many years of experience, in-depth legal knowledge and a commitment to providing excellent service. We take the time to understand your unique situation, answer questions and provide options to address your specific needs.

Our firm combines the diverse experience and knowledge of attorneys Sharon C. Stodghill and John T. Elliott. Together they offer honest, straightforward and impassioned legal counsel to each client. We are committed to keeping you involved in the process and providing legal solutions that best meet your needs.

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Houston, Texas



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Sharon C. Stodghill has been board certified in estate planning and probate law since 2000 and has been a CPA since 1975. She enjoys working with her clients on a one-on-one basis to resolve family issues and help ensure that her clients’ wishes regarding disposition of their estate assets is accomplished in an efficient and cost effective manner.

Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Sharon moved to Houston shortly after graduation and worked in the public accounting arena primarily in the tax area. Sharon also gained experience working for a large national bank in their trust department.

Sharon started her law practice in 1995 and has been located at her current location since 2000.

Sharon served as an adjunct professor of income tax at the University of Houston, Certified Financial Planner Certification Program from 2001 to 2008. She also served as adjunct professor of estate planning at Rice University, Certified Financial Planner Certification Program from 2008 to 2011.

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Houston, Texas

Phone: 713-464-6412



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John T. Elliott is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and practices primarily probate, estate planning and guardianship law. He understands that each client’s circumstances are unique and enjoys providing counsel and planning to meet his client’s objectives.

John is originally from Bryan/College Station and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 with a degree in Biomedical Science. Following graduation, John work as a construction manager for a family owned company preparing construction pad sites for telephone equipment installation throughout the southeastern part of Texas.

John attended South Texas College of Law where he graduated with honors in 2006. While in law school, John served as a member of the South Texas Law Review. During his final year of law school, John served as a law clerk for the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill and joined the practice upon his graduation.


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When a problem with a will or trust, estate administration or probate issue becomes stressful for you and your family, the Texas estate planning, guardianship and elder law team that can help you can be found at the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill in Houston. You may be dealing with the death of someone close to you, creating an estate plan to appropriately distribute your assets or working around the incapacity of a loved one. Whatever your legal goal, you need the skilled assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who can provide guidance — someone you can trust, who will take the time to answer your questions and keep you involved throughout the process.

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The mystery of the missing last will and testament

by On behalf of Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill   |   12-14-2018

We hear it all too often... "The original signed will is missing. I know it was in that box. I saw it. It had been there for years!" Usually by the time a last will and testament has been determined to be missing, every possible heir to the estate is in an uproar, and the decedent's house has been turned upside down from frantic searching. Panic ensues and everyone wants to know how this is going to affect their inheritance.

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Estate planning decisions should be informed

by On behalf of Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill   |   1-4-2019

As mentioned many times before on this blog, Houston residents, along with their counterparts across the country, often delay talking about end-of-life decisions and how they would like their assets to be distributed amongst their heirs. In the absence of a healthcare proxy or a financial one, family members are left to make important, life-altering decisions in an emotionally charged environment and this can lead to family disputes in the long-run. This could be avoided if individuals take the time and make the effort to make these decisions and create comprehensive estate plans.


Are you establishing your power of attorney carefully?

by On behalf of Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill   |   1-25-2019

There are a number of steps Texas residents can take to ensure their assets are distributed according to their wishes after they pass away. However, it is also important to take steps to ensure one's legacy is protected while they are alive but unable to make important financial decisions on their own, such as when their cognitive function declines due to a medical illness like Alzheimer's or due to a sudden accident.

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Each client is unique and faces a different set of concerns. For every individual, family or business client, we customize our representation to focus on specific needs that must be addressed. You can be confident that we will remain attentive and available to you throughout our representation, answering your questions and addressing your concerns as they arise.

Contact us today to arrange your initial consultation with the Law Office of Sharon C. Stodghill. Call 713-464-6412 or reach us by email message.