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Jeffrey Yates is a seasoned litigator and transactional attorney who focuses in corporate law, business litigation and estate planning. Since 2005, Jeff has shared his unique background in probate law and high-net-worth estate planning with clients of Albin Yates Balius Roach.

Jeff has been named to Law & Politics Magazine’s “Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars” in 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and “Texas Super Lawyers” in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He also received the “FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” recognition for 2009 and 2012.


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Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 30%
    17 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    17 years
  3. Business: 15%
    17 years
  4. Estate Planning: 15%
    17 years
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    17 years


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Contact Info

Albin Yates Balius Roach

Granite III
5601 Granite Pkwy, Suite 400
Plano, TX, 75024


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199809/19/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Monthly MagazineSuper Lawyers2014
Five Star Wealth ManagerCrescendo Business Services2012
Texas Monthly MagazineSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2011
Five Star Wealth ManagerCrescendo Business Services2011
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2010
Five Star Wealth ManagerCrescendo Business Services2010
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2009
Rising StarTexas Monthly Magazine2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerAlbin Yates Balius Roach2012 - Present
PartnerAlbin Harrison Roach2006 - Present
AttorneyRoach LLP2005 - 2005
AttorneyLaw Offices of Joseph E. Ashmore, Jr., P.C.1999 - 2005
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Construction Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
South Dallas Community Ministries, Inc.Board Member2007 - Present
Collin County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Texas Aggie Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate SectionMember1999 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust SectionMember1999 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Validity of Beneficiary DesignationSuccessfully negotiated settlement on behalf of family
Will ContestSuccessfully defended challenge to will and obtained summary judgment on all claims except for improper execution. Contestant dismissed the remaining cause of action with prejudice the day of trial without receiving anything from the estate.
Staubs v. Vanmeter - multiple claimsUnanimous jury verdict in favor of ex-girlfriend of about $65,000, including punative damages.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Dallas ChildWhere There's a Will, There's a Way2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
St. Mary's UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor1997
Texas A&M UniversityBusiness ManagementBBA1994
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2010 Collin County Bench Bar ConferenceProbate and Estate Planning in the Digital Age2010
Plano ISDBasic Estate Planning2009
Pre Paid Legal Services, LLCThe Litigation Process2008
2008 Collin County Bench Bar ConferenceProbate Issues Involving Real Property2008