Whitney S. Ellis

Whitney S. Ellis

Location:
Midland, Texas
Phone:
432-682-1616
Fax:
432-682-4884
Email:

Whitney practices in the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate Section.  She is licensed to practice law in Texas.  Whitney is passionate about serving her clients and connecting with them on a personal level.  

Whitney’s practice has focused on the following areas of estate planning and probate law:

(1) preparing wills and trusts;
(2) creating family limited partnerships and family limited liability companies;
(3) assisting clients in making gift transfers and coordinating relating appraisals;
(4) counseling clients on capacity planning and constructing related self-determination documents;
(5) advising clients on guardianship designations;
(6) preparing premarital and marital property agreements;
(7) handling Texas ancillary probate matters;  and
(8) guiding clients through the probate process after suffering the loss of a loved one.

Whitney was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She aspired to be a lawyer as a child and has been fascinated with the study of law and its impact on society throughout her life.  In August of 2012, Whitney settled in Midland and established her estate planning and probate practice.  Later that same year, Whitney married her college sweetheart and native Midlander, Glen "Guy" J. Ellis, III.  In their spare time, Whitney and Guy enjoy spending time with family and friends and locally volunteering with Buckner Family Place and Buckner Foster Care.  Whitney is proud to call Midland her "home" and appreciates the opportunity to serve her community through the practice of law. 

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Incapacity Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Ancillary Probate

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2012

Education

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Lubbock, Texas
    • J.D. - 2012
    • Honors: Research Assistant to Professor Gerry Beyer
    • Honors: Executive Comment Editor of the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal
    • Honors: Member of the Texas Bank Lawyer Editorial Board
    • Honors: Vice President of Finance for the Student Bar Association
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Honors: Liberal Arts Honors Program
    • Major: Government
    • Minor: English

Published Works

  • Presenter, “The Probate Process from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, Midland, Texas, 2015
  • Presenter and Panel Co-Participant, “Estate Planning Considerations for the Elderly,” SouthWest Bank Conference, “Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation,” Midland, Texas, 2016
  • Author, “Accounting for the Dead Person’s Stuff: Ins and Outs of Inventory Preparation,” National Business Institute, Midland, Texas, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Cali Award

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Midland Odessa Business and Estate Council, Past President and Member, Current
  • Senior Link of Midland (Meals on Wheels), Board Member, 2016 - Present
  • Midland Academic Guides “MAGs” Program with MISD, Mentor and Volunteer
  • Buckner Great Heart Council of Midland, Council Member
  • Midland County Young Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Bar Association, Member
  • Midland County Bar Association, Member
  • Texas College Bar, Member