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Sarah Elizabeth Patel

Sarah Elizabeth Patel

also known as Sarah Patel Pacheco

Practice areas:

Lawsuits & Disputes, Probate, Trusts, Guardianship

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. Guardianship: 25%
    22 years
  2. Trusts: 25%
    22 years
  3. Probate: 25%
    22 years
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 25%
    22 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($350-365/hour), Contingent (25-40%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Melbourne Timothy Berlinger

    Great lawyer. Someone I look up to.

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    Melbourne Berlinger Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Angelina Maria Monte Zinn

    I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Patel is an outstanding attorney with an excellent reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly endorse her.

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    Angelina Zinn Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Crain, Caton & James, P.C.

Five Houston Center
1401 McKinney Suite 1700
Houston, TX, 77010

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199305/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates SpecialtiesN/A2007
Texas Super LawyerN/A2006
The Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates SpecialtiesN/A2006
Top 50 Female Attorneys in TexasN/A2006
One of the Top Lawyers in HoustonN/A2006
Texas Super LawyerN/A2005
One of the Top Lawyers in HoustonN/A2005
Texas Super LawyerN/A2004
One of the Top Lawyers Under FortyN/A2004
Texas Rising StarN/A2004
AV RatedN/A2003
Houston's Top Lawyers: Trust & EstateN/AN/A

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderCrain, Caton & James1998 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Houston Bar Association; Probate, Trust & Estate SectionVice-Chair2007 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationSeminar Subcommittee Co-Chair2007 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationElder Law Committe2007 - Present
Houston Bar Association; Probate, Trust & Estate SectionSecretary2006 - 2007
Houston Bar Association; CLE CommitteeInstitutes Subcommittee Co-Chair2006 - 2007
State Bar of Texas Legal Specialization Estate Planning and Probate Exam CommissionChair2006 - Present
Houston Bar Association; Probate, Trust & Estate SectionTreasurer2005 - 2006
Houston Bar AssociationFellow2004 - Present
State Bar of Texas Legal Specialization Estate Planning and Probate Exam CommissionMember2004 - 2006
Women Attorneys in Tax and ProbateVice President, Programs2000 - 2001
Houston Young Lawyers AssociationFellow2000 - Present
Women Attorneys in Tax and ProbateC.L.E. Officer1999 - 2000
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationNeeds of Senior Citizens Committee1999 - 2003
Houston Young Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair of Elder Law Committee1998 - 2003
State Bar of TexasN/A1997 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
West Group publicationTexas Probate Practice Guide2006
West Group publicationTexas Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Practice Guide2006
State Bar of TexasTexas Guardianship Manual 2006
Texas LawyerYour Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It: How to Manage the Risks and Rewards as a Fiduciary2001
State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law ReporterPeace Treaties; Creation, Drafting and Enforcement Considerations2000
UnknownGood Estate Plan Includes More Than a Will1999
State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law ReporterThe Preparation and Trial of Contested Guardianships1999
Texas LawyerProbate’s Top Ten Changes1998
Texas LawyerRepresenting the Potentially Incapacitated1997
Texas LawyerAvoiding Sudden Death in Probate Court1996

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Texas System, ArlingtonAccountingBachelor of Accounting1990

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Building Blocks of Wills, Trusts and Estate PlanningTexas Probate and Non-Probate Proceedings2007
Advanced StratagiesPracticing in a Belt v. Oppenheimber World2007
Wills & Probate InstitutePlanning For Incapacity and Other Litigation Issues2006
Wills & Probate InstituteDon’t Become a Defendant! Avoiding the Thicket of Potential Claims Against Lawyers In The Estate, Trust And Guardianship Areas2006
Building Blocks of Wills, Trusts and Estate PlanningTexas Probate and Non-Probate Proceedings2006
8th Annual Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law ConferenceGuardianships: Recognizing Various Fiduciary Relationships, Duties & Issues that Commonly Arise in Guardianship Proceedings and Related Litigation2006
8th Annual Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law ConferenceManagement Plans: Getting the Mountain Back Into the Molehill2006
5th Annual Probate Litigation SeminarNavigating The Quagmire Of Potential Claims Against Lawyers Who Represent Fiduciaries And Other Clients In An Estate, Trust And Guardianship Practic2006
Wills & Probate InstituteNavigating The Quagmire Of Potential Claims Against Lawyers Who Represent Fiduciaries And Other Clients In An Estate, Trust And Guardianship Practice2005
Fourteenth Annual Institute on Estate Planning.Family Settlement Agreements: Considerations When Negotiating, Drafting and Enforcing Settlement Agreements Involving Probate, Trust and Guardianship Disputes2005
Docket Call in Probate CourtFamily Settlement Agreements2005
Advanced Guardianship CourseAdministering the Guardianship: Beyond the Basics2005
29th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Law CourseTax Consequences of Settlement Agreements & Judgments2005
Wills & Probate InstituteDependent Administrations2004
Fiduciary Litigation CourseGuardianships: Recognizing Various Fiduciary Relationships, Duties & Issues that Commonly Arise in Guardianship Proceedings and Related Litigation2004
Estate Administration SeminarFamily Settlement Agreements2004
Elder Law InstituteWhat Can a Ward Do?2004
Building Blocks of Wills, Trusts and Estate PlanningAdministration of Estates and Trusts2004
6th Annual Intermediate Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law ConferenceRoles and Responsibilities of Guardianship2004
3rd Annual Probate Litigation SeminarPapering the Deal; Release, Indemnities and Agreements2004
28th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Law CourseHot Topics for the Incapacitated, Marriage, Divorce, Estate Planning, Seeking Restoration, and other Actions by Person’s Subject to a Guardianship Proceeding2004
15th Annual Advanced Drafting CoursePreserving The Grantor’s Intent Under Changing Circumstances And Litigious Beneficiaries: A Planner And Litigator’s Perspective2004
Elder Law Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts and Guardianships Program“Non” Sense and Sensibilities - A Practical Review of the Procedural and Evidentiary Issues in Contested Guardianship Litigation and Settlement2003
Dallas Estate Planning Council Luncheon SpeakerWe All Become Inflexible When We Die: Pre-Death Planning To Provide For Management, Flexibility, Control and Protection From Interlopers2003
27th Annual Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Law CoursePeace Treaties: Considerations When Negotiating, Drafting & Enforcing Settlement Agreements2003