ABOUT US

The Firm’s practice is dedicated to senior citizens, people with disabilities, their families and advocates. We can provide expertise on any issue facing senior citizens: from long-term care and estate planning issues, to public benefits and health-care coverage.Pi-Yi Mayo has served the state of Texas as an attorney for over 30 years. Pi-Yi has worked to build a national reputation as an attorney dedicated to meeting the needs of people with disabilities. Whether you seek help to preserve assets from the high costs of long-term care, preserve a personal injury settlement or award, or to identify disability programs for which you, or a loved one, may qualify, our firm has the expertise and experience to meet your needs. We work hard to partner with advocates for people with disabilities to provide assistance with subrogation claims, Medicare Set-Asides, Special Needs Trusts, and Qualified Settlement Funds.

We invite you to look around our website. We hope you’ll find useful resources and information on elder law, disability, and public benefits topics. Please click on our profiles to learn more about our credentials, experience, expertise, hobbies and passions.

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THE COST OF PLANNING

Our firm’s philosophy on the cost of legal services is different than most.  We invite the question “What is this going to cost me?” because we want to be up-front about our fees to ensure the engagement of our firm is the best fit for our clients.

Every case is different, but whenever possible, we use a flat-fee for our legal services, rather than billing by the hour.  We find our clients appreciate our fixed fees, rather than the uncertainty that comes with hourly billing.  Flat fees help our clients understand exactly what our services cost, and we find it encourages communication because clients are able to call with any question without worry that they will be billed for additional time.

Each fee is determined based on the complexity of the case, an estimate of the amount of time the matter will take, and the anticipated value we plan to add to the client matter.  Though we generally find our fees are within industry standards for our areas of practice, we won’t compete with other attorneys on price because we believe that doing so might require substandard work or reduce service to clients in an effort to make lower prices economically feasible.  No matter what the case outcome may be, we only consider our work successful if the client is fully satisfied.  Reducing our fee in an effort to engage more clients would require us to reduce our attention to each client and matter, and we hold ourselves to a very high standard.

When considering whether our firm is the right fit for your legal needs, it is important to consider the cost of planning.  We hope that you find confidence in our fee philosophy, in our expertise, and in our standard of service.  

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MEET THE TEAM

Pi-Yi Mayo
Partner

A lifelong Baytown resident, Pi-Yi Mayo earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Houston. In a career that spans over 30 years, he has extensive experience in elder law, Medicaid planning, special needs trusts, disability law, and veteran’s benefits.

Pi-Yi is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, and the East Harris County Bar Association and Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member and past president of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Pi-Yi is a past president (2012) and founding member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national organization of attorneys dedicated to serving families of persons with disabilities. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation and he has earned his V.A. Accreditation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Pi-Yi has built a national reputation as an expert in elder law and special needs trusts. He presents nation-wide on topics surrounding elder law, special needs trusts and public benefits. He has authored more than 50 papers covering a wide range of issues and he has presented hundreds of speeches for attorneys, CPAs, government entities, judges, and most importantly, the elderly, people with disabilities and their family members and care-givers.

Pi-Yi serves as administrator to more than 70 qualified settlement funds from jurisdictions all over the United States and has nearly $80,000,000.00 under management.

Pi-Yi is an avid outdoors man and when he’s not managing the office, public speaking, or practicing law, he enjoys hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. His greatest joy comes from spending time with his family especially his grandchildren.

Areas of Practice:

  • Elder law
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Estate and Trust Planning
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Qualified Settlement Funds
  • Veteran’s Disability
  • Veteran’s Aid & Attendance
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
Professional Associations:

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • East Harris County Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Texas NAELA–past president
  • Society of Settlement Planners
  • Special Needs Alliance
  • Texas Trial Lawyers
Education:

  • Bates College of Law at University of Houston, Juris Doctor
  • University of Houston, Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • Lee College, Associates Degree

Bryn Poland
Partner

Born and raised a Kansas girl, Bryn earned her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University.  Bryn earned her law degree from Washburn University School of Law, in Topeka, Kansas where she was a staff member and two-time published writer of the Washburn Law Journal. She was inspired to become an elder law attorney when she watched her family struggle with care options for her great grandmother, Lulu Sleeper, who lived to the age of 109.

Licensed to practice law in Texas and Kansas, Bryn is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Texas chapter of NAELA, and the Special Needs Alliance.  She is a member and past president of the Elder Law Committee of the Houston Bar Association and a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Houston Bar Association.

Bryn moved to Texas and joined the firm of Pi-Yi Mayo in 2007, partnering with Pi-Yi in 2018 to form Mayo & Poland, PLLC.  She focuses her practice on estate planning, special needs trust planning and administration, Medicaid planning, and qualified settlement funds.   She is a frequent speaker on these topics at continuing education conferences for attorneys and trust officers. 

Bryn is passionate about helping families prepare for the future and often speaks about estate planning and special needs trust to civic organizations, churches, and support groups for children with disabilities.

 If you are interested in having Bryn speak to your group, click here

In addition to practicing law, Bryn serves on the Houston Midtown Management District Board of Directors and is an active member of the Houston Area Kansas State University Alumni Club. When Bryn isn’t helping clients, she loves traveling and taking family adventures with her husband, twin daughters, and young son.

Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Qualified Settlement Funds
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
Bar Associations:

  • Texas
  • Kansas

Professional Associations:

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Texas NAELA
  • Society of Settlement Planners
  • Special Needs Alliance
Education:

  • Washburn University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science in Journalism

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Sheila M.
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Cody S.
Legal Assistant
cody@mayopoland.com