• Smart Planning for Smart Women 3
The 3rd session in the series, Smart Planning for Smart Women


Ellen Stewart

Presented by Ellen Pearson Stewart ’93

When a person can no longer make or communicate safe or sound decisions about his/her person and/or property due to the effects of aging, disease or injury, guardianship is sometimes needed. A guardianship is a legal relationship created by the court to allow the appointment of someone (the guardian) to be responsible for decision-making for someone else (the ward). In this session, Ellen Stewart will use real-life scenarios to walk you through the legal guardianship process of an incapacitated parent or adult child and help you avoid procedural traps.

Ellen’s practice areas range from guardianship, probate, fiduciary litigation to estate planning. She has a depth of litigation experience gained from her work representing individual and corporate clients in commercial and insurance litigation. Her practice encompasses all aspects of guardianship and estate/trust administration by representing executors, trustees, heirs, beneficiaries, and creditors, in routine estate administrations as well as complex and contested matters. Ellen has written and presented various CLE materials on probate estate administration and guardianship.

Ellen Stewart also works on pro bono with Family Eldercare and Volunteer Legal Services involving estate planning, probate, and guardianship. Her volunteer work also includes serving on the Texas Wellness Conference Planning Committee (2006), serving on the board of directors for the ABA Estate Planning and Probate Section. 

Outside of the legal community, Ellen has served as an advisor to college students at Southwestern University and Texas State University. Ellen previously served as the local president of the Greater Austin Alumni Association of Southwestern University from 2007-09 and still participates in the local alumni events. Ellen and her family reside in Austin, where both of her children graduated from AISD. Ellen and her family are members of St. Theresa Catholic Church and former members of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.


A Complimentary Virtual Estate Planning Event Designed Especially for Women

This event is led by Southwestern alumnae legal and financial professionals who will guide us through tools women need to successfully plan for our future.

Women’s roles in society and within the family have shifted dramatically over the past several generations and women have more earning power than ever before.  It’s estimated that at some point, 9 out of 10 women will make financial decisions on their own, either because they have been widowed or divorced or because they were never married.  And the fact that women tend to live longer than men means that it is often women who are faced with the task of estate administration and planning yet the majority of Americans don’t have a will or other plans.  Proper planning not only ensures financial stability during your lifetime but also allows you to distribute your assets in the manner you choose after your lifetime.  Whether you are a woman who is married or single—with $10,000 or $1 million dollars—planning for your long-term legal and financial future is essential to your loved ones’ well-being and your own peace of mind. Join us for these informative sessions designed specifically for women of all ages and in all stages of their lives.