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 a fellow in The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America©, and is named as a Texas Super Lawyer (Estate Planning and Probate). He is a 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

  • Fellow, The American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC)
  • Council Member, Houston Bar Association (Probate, Trusts, and Estates Section) (2019 - current)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • 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, Trusts, and Estates 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

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Trusts and Estates (2019 - 2022)
  • Texas Super Lawyers in the field of Estate Planning and Probate (2021- 2022)
  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly (2014 - 2020)
  • Up-and-Coming 100, Lawyers Ranked at the Top of the Texas Rising Stars List, Super Lawyers and Texas Monthly (2017 & 2020)
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2012)
  • Fellow of the America College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Publications & Speeches

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