Mary S. Galligan

Mary S. Galligan

Mary Galligan is a founding partner of the law firm of Galligan & Manning. The firm focuses its practice on estate planning, estate administration (probate), and probate litigation. She is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's highest possible attorney rating of AV, which signifies legal abilities and ethics of the very highest standard.

Mary was Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1992. She was re-certified in 1997, 2002 and 2007. Mary is also a member of the Texas Academy of Probate and Trust Lawyers, and from 1990 through 1997, she served as a member of the Texas State Bar Sub-Committee on the Texas Power of Attorney Act legislation.

Mary graduated from the University of Houston Law Center in 1985, where she served on the Houston Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Barons legal honor society.

Mary is an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law and is a frequent lecturer on estate planning and probate issues for community organizations and for continuing legal education programs for attorneys. A resident of Houston, Texas, since 1977, Mary is married to Jeff Galligan, a high school teacher. They have one son, Michael, who is currently a law student at South Texas College of Law.

Speeches and Articles:

Author/Speaker: When your client is an artist, writer or performer: Special Estate Planning Considerations.
Houston Bar Association Probates, Trust Estates Section meeting, March 2009.

Co-Speaker: Retirement Planning Today (Estate Planning Segment)
Seminar at Houston Community College, 2006 and 2007

Author/Speaker: Topic: Estate Planning for Artists
Presented by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, September 2006

Speaker: Topic: Business Succession Planning
National Association of Women Business Owners, February 2006
Sterling Bank Women's Business Initiative Luncheon, January 2004

Author/Speaker: Dealing with Real Property Issues in Estates and Trusts
South Texas College of Law Wills and Probate Institute, September 2005

Moderator: Panel Discussion: Topic: Practicing in Today's Environment: The Effect of HIPAA, the Patriot Act andPrivacy Concerns
South Texas College of Law Wills and Probate Institute, September 2004

Co-Speaker: Presentation of Article - Anatomy of a Will by Steve Akers
South Texas College of Law Wills and Probate Institute, September 2003

Author/Speaker: Topic: Dependent Administrations
Houston Bar Association Wills and Probate Institute, January 2003

Author/Speaker: Topic: Powers of Attorney Update and Abuses
South Texas College of Law Wills and Probate Institute, September 2002

Author/Speaker: Topic: Basic Estate Planning Considerations: Representing Clients with HIV/AIDS
Houston Bar Association-Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts Seminar on AIDS and the Law, May 2002

Co-Author: Topic: Who has Standing in Probate Court? South Texas College of Law Wills and Probate Institute, September 2001

Speaker: Topic: Appraisal Issues in Estate Administration
International Society of Appraisers, October 2000

Author/Speaker: Topic: Estate Planning for Qualified Retirement Plans and IRA's
National Business Institute, August 2000

Author/Speaker: Topic: Trust and Asset Protection Alternatives in Texas
National Business Institute, March 2000

Author/Speaker: Topic: Estate Planning With Statutory Forms
National Association of Legal Secretaries National Forum, August 1999

Author/Speaker: Topic: Representing the Elderly and Terminally Ill
University of Houston Wills and Probate Institute, June 1999 and July 1998

Speaker: Topic: Wills and Trusts Special Considerations for the Child or Adult Who Has Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, June 1995

Author/Speaker: Estate Planning for Artists
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, June 1995

Author/Speaker: Topic: Basic Considerations in Estate Planning
Houston Bar Association Aids and the Law Seminars, November 1994