Patricia B. Cole

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My Passion is Your Financial Future!

Shareholder
Probate
  • Representation of executors, heirs and beneficiaries in litigation involving, will contests, contested guardianships, and breach of fiduciary duties issues in estates and trusts. Also, representing the executor, heirs and beneficiaries in uncontested large to small estates and trusts, guardianship and elderly matters.

     

Estate Planning
  • Assists with business and family succession including preparation of wills, living trusts, insurance trusts, Special Needs Trusts, family limited partnerships, lady bird deeds and other estate tax planning documents.

Business & Corporate
  • Handling corporate issues, rights and obligations, drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, licenses, employment contracts, franchise documents, acquisition documents and advising corporations on statutes and legislation 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.

Litigation
  • Representation of businesses in litigation matters including contract disputes, taxation disputes, shareholder disputes, shareholder oppression and breach of fiduciary duty. Outside counsel for all legal matters for numerous local business owners.

BIO

Patricia B. Cole has been providing clients with efficient and compassionate representation in the area of probate, trusts, guardianship, estate planning, mental health and elder law, including extensive litigation in those areas since 2000.

In addition to being an experienced attorney, Patricia is an entrepreneur and business owner. Her business experience enables her to understand the challenges and opportunities facing her business clients and to think about the broader impact of legal decisions and documents. She also enjoys inspiring and supporting people as they pursue their dreams.

Patricia approaches the profession of law as not merely the pursuit of justice and equity for her clients, but also as an opportunity to provide public service to her state and country. She currently sits on the Council of the Department of Family and Protective Services working to ensure the children and elderly are protected in Texas. She is also a frequent speaker on business, probate, guardianship, and estate planning topics.

  • Education
    • Louisiana State University, (B.A., 1996)
    • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, (J.D., 2000)
  • Court Admissions
    • Supreme Court 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 Top Attorneys” by Fort Worth, Texas Magazine, (2005 – 2015)
    • “Woman of Influence” by Fort Worth Business Press, (2011)
    • “Legacy of Women Award” by SafeHaven of Tarrant County (2011)
    • “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters, (2006)
    • “40 under 40” by Fort Worth Business Press, (2003)
    • “Outstanding PAI Attorney” by West Texas Legal Services, (2001 and 2002)
  • Memberships
    • State Bar of Texas – Member
    • Tarrant County Bar Association – Member
    • Tarrant County Probate Bar – Member
    • National Guardianship Association – Member
    • Texas Guardianship Association – Member
    • Texas Bar Foundation – Member
    • Tarrant County Bar Foundation – Fellow
    • Louisiana State University Alumni – Member
  • Community Involvement
    • Texas Family and Protective Services – Counsel Member
    • Business Litigation Section of TCBA – Chair
    • Clark Educational Services, Inc. – Chair
    • Leadership Fort Worth – Class of 2011
Patricia Cole Relaxing after a week in court.

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