Patricia B. Cole

Decker Jones, P.C.
801 Cherry Street, Suite 2000
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Telephone: 817-336-2400
Facsimile: 817-336-2181
Email: pcole@deckerjones.com
Website: www.deckerjones.com

Practice Areas:

Probate: Representation of executors, heirs and beneficiaries in litigation involving, will contests, contested guardianship, 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.

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.

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.

Education

Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now known as Texas A&M School of Law), (J.D., 2000)
Louisiana State University, (B.A., 1996)

Admissions & Certifications

Texas Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Tarrant County Bar Association Member
Tarrant County Bar Foundation Fellow
Tarrant County Probate Bar Member
Texas Guardianship Association Member
National Guardianship Association Member

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Member
State Bar of Texas Member

Texas Bar Foundation Fellow

Business Litigation Section of State Bar of Texas Member

Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of State Bar of Texas Member
Louisiana State University Alumni 

Certified Attorney/Guardian Ad Litem

 

Community Involvement

Texas Family and Protective Services Council (appointed by Governor Perry)
Business Litigation Section of TCBA – Chair
Clark Educational Services, Inc. – Chair
Leadership Fort Worth – Class of 2011 Member

FW-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Past President

Humane Society of North Texas

 

Honors & 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)


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