Patricia B. Cole

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SOLVING ONE PROBLEM AT A TIME

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.

Mediation
  • Serving the best interests of all parties in mediation.  A lawyer who has handled thousands of probate, guardianship, family, business litigation, contract disputes and mental health cases before both probate and district courts in Tarrant, Dallas, Parker, Johnson, Collin, Wise, Jack and Harris counties.  Patricia understands how mediation can often produce a satisfactory conclusion in a manner consistent with the needs of the parties in a lawsuit their financial resources.

Estate Planning
    • Assists with business and family succession including preparation of wills, living trusts, insurance trusts, Special Needs Trusts, family limited partnerships, transfer on death deeds (“ladybird deeds”) and other estate tax planning documents.

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 is a frequent speaker on business, probate, guardianship, and estate planning topics.

  • Education/Accreditation
    • Louisiana State University, (B.A., 1996)
    • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, (J.D., 2000)
    • Certificate in Mediation (2018) consisting of 40 hours of classroom training.
    • Texas Registered Guardian
  • 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 Probate Bar – Member
    • National Guardianship Association – Member
    • Texas Guardianship Association – Member
    • Texas Association of Mediators
    • Texas Bar Foundation – Member
    • Tarrant County Bar Association – Member
    • Tarrant County Bar Foundation – Fellow
    • Louisiana State University Alumni – Member
  • Community Involvement
    • Texas Family and Protective Services – Counsel Member 2011-2016
    • Business Litigation Section of TCBA – Chair
    • Texas Guardianship Association – Board 2016
    • Tax and Estates Section of TCBA – Chair
    • Teen Court of Texas – Volunteer
    • Clark Educational Services, Inc. – Chair 2005-2015
    • Leadership Fort Worth – Class of 2011
    • Lena Pope Home – Volunteer
    • Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association – Board 2002-2006
    • Legal Aid of Northwest Texas – Volunteer 1999-2002
Patricia Cole Relaxing after a week in court.

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