Patricia B. Cole

Shareholder

Burnett Plaza, Suite 2000
801 Cherry St., Unit 46
Fort Worth, TX 76102-6836
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Assistant: Lee Ann McAfee Burks
817.336.2400


Practice Areas & Experience

Probate Litigation:

Representation of executors, heirs and beneficiaries in will contests, representation in contested guardianships, representation in breach of fiduciary duties issues in estates and trusts. Also, representing the executor, heirs and beneficiaries in small to large estates and trusts, including probating of wills, guardianships and other issues in estates and trusts.

Estate Planning:

Preparation of wills, powers of attorney, living trusts and other revocable trusts, insurance trusts, Grantor Retained Annuity Trust “GRAT”, family limited partnerships and other estate tax planning documents.

Business Litigation:

Representation of businesses in contract disputes, formation disputes, taxation disputes, and shareholder disputes.

Corporate Law:

Handling corporate issues, rights and obligations, drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, licenses, employment contracts, franchise documents, acquisition documents and advising corporations on statutes and legislature that affects their business. Also, experienced with corporate formation, formalities, drafting of by-laws and regulations, general business advice and contract drafting of all corporate matters and acting registered agent for various corporations.


Education

  • Louisiana State University, (B.A., 1996)
  • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, (J.D., 2000)

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, (2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, (2002)
  • United States Tax Court, (2002)
  • United States Supreme Court, (2011)

Awards & Recognition

  • "Tarrant County's Top Attorneys" by Fort Worth, TX Magazine, (2005 - 2013)
  • "Great Women of Texas" by Fort Worth Business Press, (2011)
  • "Legacy of Women Award" by SafeHaven of Tarrant County (2011)
  • "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly Magazine, (2006) 
  •  "40 under 40" by Fort Worth Business Press, (2003)
  • West Texas Legal Services – voted “Outstanding PAI Attorney”, (2001 and 2002)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Does a lady bird deed interfere with spouse’s homestead right? (June 2013 – Texas Law Today)
  • Understanding the Oil and Gas World (March 2013 – Texas Law Today
  • Who makes the funeral decisions?  (July 2012 – Texas Law Today)
  • What is a Lady Bird Deed? (May 2012 – Texas Law Today)
  • What is a guardianship? Do you need one for mom or dad?  (June 2012 – Texas Law Today)
  • Understanding Minority Shareholder Oppression (April 2012 Texas Law Today)
  • Reasons to Sell Royalties (February 2012 – Texas Law Today)
  • Do you need a trust to preserve your assets?  (February 2012 – Texas Law Today)
  • What is the future of the estate tax?  (February 2012 – Texas Law Today)
  • Estate Planning (April 2011 - People's Law School)
  • Importance of Estate Planning, (April 2011 – People’s Law School)
  • Small Businesses are the Key to U.S. Economic Recovery, (June 2010 - Fort Worth Business Press)
  • Ethics of Estate Planning, (May 2010 - Tax and Estate Planning Section of the Tarrant County Bar)
  • Ethics of Estate Planning,( March 2010 - Johnson County Bar Association) 
  • Year-end Tax Savings Options for Small Business Owners, (Dec 2009 - Fort Worth Business Press)
  • Reporting Abuse of the Elderly, (Oct. 2009 - Fort Worth Business Press)
  • Ethics Impact Success, (Sept. 2009 – Fort Worth Chamber Workshop)
  • Social Security: Will it be Here When You Need It? (July 2008 - Fort Worth Business Press)
  • Women Face Financials Issues as They Age, (April 2008 - Fort Worth Business Press) 

 Legal Memberships & Involvement

  • State Bar of Texas (Member, 2000- Present)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2013-Present)
  • State Bar of Texas - Probate, Trust and Estate Section (Member, 2000 – Present)
  • State Bar of Texas - Business Section (2000-Present)
  • State Bar of Texas - Tax Section (2000 - Present)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association (Member, 2000-Present)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association - Business Litigation Section (2013 Secretary and 2012 Treasurer)
  • Tarrant County Bar Association - Estate and Tax Section (2008 Chair)
  • Tarrant County Probate Bar (Member, 2000 - Present) 
  • Texas Guardianship Association (Member, 2007 - Present)
  • National Guardianship Association (Member, 2011 – Present)
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundations (Fellow, 2004 - Present)
  • Fort Worth Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association (Member, 98 - 08) (President, 2006)

Community Involvement

  • Family and Protective Service Council (Appointed for 6 Year Term 2011 - 2017)
  • Clark Educational Services, Inc. (Chair, 2006-Present)
  • EMCF, Inc. (Director, 2001-Present)
  • Leadership Fort Worth, (Class of 2011, Member)
  • Southcliff Baptist Church (2002 - Present)
  • Louisiana State University Alumni (Member, 1996 – Present)
  • North Texas Humane Society (Volunteer)
  • Lena Pope Home, Inc. (Volunteer)  
  • Legal Aid of North Texas - Will Clinic (Volunteer)
  • Habitat for Humanity (Volunteer)