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Meet Thais Amaral Tellawi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Thais Amaral Tellawi.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Thais. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I established Amaral Tellawi Law to cater to the unique personal and business needs of a large, but under-served population: people just like us.

Amaral Tellawi Law is a boutique family-owned law firm representing domestic and international individuals, families, and the owners of privately-held and family-owned companies in the areas of trusts & estates, business, and real estate.

Prior to my legal career, I served my clients as a financial advisor; helping them develop appropriate financial strategies. This unique and multi-faceted knowledge of clients’ financial needs, along with a firm belief in estate planning education, helps me stand out to clients as a trusted advisor who speaks a language that people understand.

We take pride in working with individuals, professional couples, self-employed entrepreneurs, and others who seek to successfully traverse the Three Phases of Wealth: generation, growth, and preservation.

We understand that estate and business planning are significant undertakings, ultimately for the benefit of those people and causes we love. We help our clients do it for them.

The firm’s lawyers were selected by their peers to be included in Houstonia Magazine’s December 2016 and 2017 issue as a Top Lawyer in the areas of Wills, Trusts and Estates, and Real Estate. In 2015, Amaral Tellawi Law was a finalist in the running for Texas Family Business of the Year by the Baylor University’s Institute for Family Business. In 2017, Thais is being named on the rising stars list of Super Lawyers.

Has it been a smooth road?
Houston has been great to us. As with any business, there are always struggles and dues to be paid.

Some of our struggles included:

• Finding mentors.
• Developing our own processes and systems.
• Proving ourselves and establishing a reputation in the business community.
• Building the right team.
• Bringing in the money while also providing the services.

Having a commitment to this entrepreneurial and independent lifestyle has helped us stick it out through the hard times to see the rainbow on the other side.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Amaral Tellawi Law services. Tell us more about the practice.
Amaral Tellawi Law provides legal services for individuals, families, and small business owners in Houston, and throughout the state of Texas in the areas of estate planning, small business, and real estate.

We take pride in creating customized plans for entrepreneurs, professional couples, and others who seek high quality legal services in a small firm environment.

Our robust estate and business plans and asset protection strategies help protect our clients from unexpected events that can quickly decimate a lifetime of accomplishments – affecting the ones they love, their businesses, and their legacy.

Trusts & Estates
Our attorneys help individuals and families preserve their wealth for future generations, minimize taxes, and avoid the expense and hardship of probate. We help individuals and families who have worked so hard, to ensure a legacy for the next generation in a planned, intentional, and responsible way.

By working closely with our clients and guiding them through the countless decisions, we ensure that their family values and legacy are preserved through their estate plan. Our attorneys help our clients understand and navigate the transfer of their assets to the right people at the right time.

We also help our clients with disability planning, guardianships, and probate administration when loved ones pass away. Our attorneys provide counsel throughout the difficult and emotional process.

As the owners of a small, family business, we understand how hard our clients work and the importance of protecting what they have built. Our firm works with our clients to identify and eliminate gaps in their asset structure and potential risks to their business and personal assets. We take pride in working with self-employed entrepreneurs, families, professional couples, and others who seek to generate, grow, and preserve wealth through private business.

Our attorneys provide counseling unmatched by generic, do-it-yourself websites and practitioners who are unfamiliar with the unique needs and considerations of small business owners. We provide sound advice on asset protection strategies and best practices to minimize risk to our clients in order to protect their family by insulating their business assets from personal liabilities and personal assets from business liabilities.

Real Estate
With an extensive background in brokerage and property management, our attorneys provide an array of real estate services for those who purchase, sell, lease, own, manage, finance, build, or otherwise invest in single-family and multi-family residential and commercial real estate. Our attorneys guide our clients through the purchase or lease of real estate from contract to closing. We offer due diligence services to develop the best strategies, reduce risk, and help our clients feel confidence in their real estate decisions.

As a family owned law firm, our perspective, experience, and dedication to service allows us to effectively deal with the unique issues and challenges our clients face in real estate, business, and estate planning matters.

“At Amaral Tellawi Law, our personal approach makes us different, our diligence makes us successful.”

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The legal industry, like many other industries, is moving toward automation and do-it-yourself services. While these may be viable solutions for some, others will always require hands-on guidance and planning.

I think we are in interesting political times. The future is hard to predict but we stay abreast of the latest and most cutting-edge, and help our clients plan accordingly.


  • Hourly options are always available. Currently our attorneys bill at $350 per hour.

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