Wesley L. Bowers /  Shareholder  /

Wesley L. Bowers is a shareholder with FizerBeck, and his practice focuses on complex trust and estate matters, including estate planning, taxation, probate and estate administration, the preparation of wills and trusts, and assisting clients with charitable giving, marital property issues, and business succession planning. Wes also advises clients on related matters involving fiduciary law and estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.  He is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is named as a Super Lawyers Texas Rising Star.  He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and legal conferences on topics related to estate planning and probate.  Prior to joining FizerBeck in 2011, Wes worked as an attorney in the Trusts & Estates section at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.

Educational Background

  • Baylor Law School (J.D., with Honors, 2007) (Baylor Law Review)
  • Baylor University (B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 2002) (Phi Beta Kappa)

Professional Organizations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section and Tax Section)
  • Vice-Chair, Estate and Gift Tax Committee, Tax Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2013-2014
  • Houston Bar Association (Probate, Trust, and Estate Section and Taxation Section)
  • Houston Business and Estate Planning Council
  • Houston Estate and Financial Forum
  • Houston Estate Planner’s Association
  • American Bar Association (Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section)
  • College of the State Bar of Texas

Professional Awards & Specializations

  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2012
  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Up-and-Coming 100: 2017 Texas Rising Stars, Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly (2017, Inaugural Year)

Publications & Speeches

  • Author, Decoding the Deduction, Trusts & Estates Magazine (Wealth Management), April 2017
  • Presenter and Author, Trusts and Other Vehicles for Charitable Giving, Gulf Coast Regional Gift Planning Conference, Houston, Texas, April 2017
  • "Advanced Tools and Techniques When Planning for the Uncertain," Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Houston, Texas, February 2017
  • "Mind the Gap: Advanced Planning Techniques for Incapacity," State Bar of Texas Estate Planning and Probate Advanced Drafting Course, Dallas, Texas, October 2016
  • “Something Lost, Something Gained: Missing Persons and Anatomical Gifts,” State Bar of Texas Estate Planning and Probate Course, San Antonio, Texas, June 2016
  • “Avoiding the Guardianship Alternative,” State Bar of Texas Estate Planning and Probate Course, San Antonio, Texas, June 2016
  • “Lost in Translation: How to Apply What You Heard Today to What You Do Everyday,” State Bar of Texas Estate Planning and Probate Course, San Antonio, Texas, June 2014
  • “Estate and Gift Tax – Where Are We Now?,” State Bar of Texas Tax Law Survey in a Day, Dallas, Texas, February 2014
  • “Pulling It All Together: Strategies for Intermediate Planning,” State Bar of Texas Estate Planning and Probate Course, Houston, Texas, June 2013
  • “Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts,” State Bar of Texas Estate Planning and Probate Course, San Antonio, Texas, June 2012
  • “ILITs: Failed Assumptions, Underperformance, and Fiduciary Liability,” State Bar of Texas Advanced Drafting: Estate Planning and Probate Course, Dallas, Texas, October 2011
  • “What Now? Estate Planning In Light of the 2010 Tax Relief Act,” Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Seminar, Houston, Texas, February 2011
  • “Revocable Trusts: A Flexible Alternative to the Traditional Will,” Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Briefing, Winter 2010
  • “Dealing with the Rogue Executor: A Page From the Fiduciary Litigation Playbook,” The Advocate, The State Bar Litigation Section Report, Fall 2009
  • “Estate Planning Opportunities in an Uncertain Economic Market,” Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Client Briefing, Winter 2008