Why Christina Lesher
Hi, I am Christina Lesher, and I am so glad you found my website. Before I became an elder law attorney, I was a caregiver for my 93-year old grandfather. After graduating from social work school from Texas State University in 1997, I cared for my 93-year old grandfather, Everett. Everett had dementia, very little short-term memory, and needed 24-hour care and constant supervision.
My family and I arranged for Medicaid benefits, adult day care, in-home care, transportation, and, eventually, Hospice care. We struggled with communicating with and caring for the once independent and strong family patriarch. Caring for my grandfather was a stressful and emotional time for my entire family. I was proud of the amazing cooperation and care that my mother, siblings, and I provided, while at the same time we grieved for a man who was living but was no longer the same person we knew.
During this time, I was working as a social worker for an Austin Elder Law attorney. I worked with families who were also struggling to care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia. These families were wrestling with the decision of whether to place a loved one into a nursing home and with the difficulty of paying for the high cost of nursing home care.
At the elder law firm, I worked as a legal assistant and social worker. I helped families gather the appropriate documentation to apply for Medicaid for nursing home benefits, and assisted clients through the Medicaid application process. After working as a legal assistant and social worker for several years, I began my judicial studies at the University of Houston Law Center.
During my first two years of study at the Law Center, I clerked for another Elder Law attorney, again working with families who had loved ones that needed to apply for Medicaid to pay for nursing home care. In my final year of law school, I clerked for Baylor College of Medicine, researching ethical issues related to health care. In my last semester of law school, I clerked for Harris County Probate Court Number One for the Honorable Russell P. Austin, researching probate and guardianship matters. I gained valuable expertise in probate administration and guardianship.
Now I bring together the skills learned as a social worker, caregiver, and attorney to provide quality Elder Law and special needs services in a caring and empathetic manner. Through my work as a lawyer, I help people going through struggles similar to what I have been through myself.
My law office was founded on compassion and care for the elderly, and it is one of the few law firms in the Houston area that focuses almost exclusively on elder law and special needs planning. If you have an elder law or special needs planning question, please contact my office. I’m here to help you and your family.
5615 Kirby Drive Suite 412
Houston, TX 77005
P: (713) 529-5900