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Leslie Dillon Thomas

Estate planning Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

4.8   41 reviews

Licensed for 29 years

Virtual consultation available

Free consultation

About Leslie

Learn Leslie’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    55%
    I work with clients in all aspects of estate planning, from young couples just starting out and protecting their new family to older clients who are worried about shielding their assets in the event of a nursing home admission.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Trusts
    30%
    I prepare all kinds of trusts, from simple revocable living trusts to avoid probate, to medicaid asset protection trusts for nursing home concerns, and special needs trusts.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Wills and living wills
    10%
    I work with clients who want to protect their family and ensure that their assets go to the right people via a will and also make sure my clients have the necessary legal disability documents, including living wills in case they are on life support.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Power of attorney
    5%
    I make sure all of my clients have the necessary powers of attorney so that if they are ever unable to take care of their own affairs they have someone in place to manage things and keep the court system out of their business.

    30 years, 1,000 cases

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I'm an estate planning attorney in Fort Worth, Texas, and I have been practicing law in North Texas since 1993. I own and manage a multi-state estate planning law firm with offices across the country, home to some of the top will attorneys in the United States. I personally manage our four offices in North Texas, housing an experienced team of trust lawyers and inheritance attorneys. I have been repeatedly named as one of the top estate planning attorneys in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Magazine, and one of the top ten estate planning attorneys in Texas. I have also written a book, "Estate Planning in Texas."

We pride ourselves on our community outreach, providing weekly educational events around North Texas to educate the community on the options that exist when it comes to estate planning - including asset protection trusts, children's trusts, medicaid asset protection, and power of attorney. Our highly-skilled team of revocable living trust lawyers, as well as irrevocable trust attorneys, ensure asset protection while a client is alive, and make things as simple as possible for loved ones when a family member passes away. I also do frequent educational videos that are posted to Facebook and Instagram about common issues involving estate planning. I have a perfect 10 rating on Avvo, as well as a Client Satisfaction rating on Avvo.

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Distinguished Peer Review Rating

Martindale-Hubbel

Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice

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So proud to be named one of the top ten estate planning attorneys in Texas!
Licensed for 29 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1993
Updated 10/23/2022
State WV
Status Administrative Suspension
Acquired 2013
Updated 12/28/2022
State PA
Status Administrative Suspension
Acquired 2011
Updated 12/04/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Leslie

Thomas Walters Estate Planning
2800 South Hulen, Suite 101
Fort Worth, TX, 76109
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
1200 South Main, Suite208
Weatherford, TX, 76086
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
201 East Pearl, Suite C104
Granbury, TX, 76048
Thomas-Walters, PLLC
640 N. Carroll
Southlake, TX, 76092
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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  41 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Leslie received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Keith | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highest Recommendation Possible
Leslie & her team did a great job setting up the Living Trust for my wife & I; from seminar presentation to signing all the paperwork, the process was smooth, user-friendly, and shared at OUR pace of understanding. Knowing we can continue to utilize Leslie for any & all future needs provides us extra comfort moving forward.
Response from Leslie Thomas November 1, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind review!
Posted by Robert | October 31, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Living Will and Trust
My wife and I are not knowledgeable about Wills and Trusts. Leslie was able to help us through the maze of legal terms and paperwork so we could get a living will and trust completed. Leslie and her associates mailed us a draft to review than met with us to fully explain and sign. I think Leslie and her associates were very professional and made us feel comfortable with our Living Will and Trust that we signed.
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Response from Leslie Thomas November 1, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind review! I am glad that you got the estate plan that you wanted for your family.
Posted by Linda | February 27, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate plan
We worked with Katie Manchaca and she was great! I did not reply when I first was contacted by email for a review because I did not know this name. The company is very professional.
Posted by Denise | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend Leslie Thomas
I highly recommend Leslie. We worked with her in setting up our estate plan and all associated paperwork. I like the monthly newsletter we get from her also, just another way she utilizes to stay in touch with her clients.
Posted by Jean | November 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Leslie Dillon Thomas's Trust Estate Planning skills are a Blessing to our community!
We are pleased to announce the decision to hire Leslie Thomas to help us with the structuring of a Solid Trust Instrument to protect the Family Estate during my lifetime as well as after my death. This Attorney's presentation is a very informative seminar of the importance of having a well structured Trust established for any Family Estate to assure your wishes are carried out for the benefit of your loved ones. She speaks clearly of the necessity and importance of creating a Trust as well as itemized examples of just what all a Trust entails. She encourages her audience to ask questions throughout the seminar to assure all information presented will be understood. This created an educational interesting evening for everyone in the entire group. She takes extra time for "One on One" Consultation & offers a very reasonable fee for her services. She is compassionate to her clients needs and expedites her services throughly paying special attention to all details of an individual clients expectations offering guidance in the best direction. After the creation of your Trust Instrument Leslie Thomas reviews your document annually to make neccessary updates as situations and new Laws are implemented to assure your investments are protected. This professional is A Blessing to Our Family and our community and I Highly recommend and encourage individuals to attend her seminar and schedule an appointment for a "One on One" Consultation to secure all your assets for the benefit of your desired wishes. You will be in Good Hands, I assure you !
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Posted by Margaret | November 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Leslie Thomas review
Leslie Thomas was hired to complete a will and to put our assets in a trust. Leslie gave us valuable information pertaining to the benefits of trust accounts relating to Medicaid and nursing homes. I was very impressed with Leslie’s knowledge and equally impressed with how she explained the laws governing trust to me. Leslie answered every one of our questions in person, over the phone or by email. She responded immediately to emails that we sent her. I highly recommend Leslie. She is 100 percent wonderful. She is the best!
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Posted by Bill | November 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Load Off My Mind
Ms Thomas and her firm made the estate planning process very simple for me. I had been putting it off for quite some time. I now feel that I have a good plan in place. I appreciate their commitment to be lifelong lawyers who’ll continue to help as circumstances change.
Posted by Kathleen | November 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wills, trusts etc
We needed to get our wills etc in shape. There were a couple of twists and turns but it was all handled with no problems. Lesley and her staff are friendly, professional and efficient. The end product met all our expectations and more. It is very comforting to know we have everything organized and at our fingertips when needed.
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very happy client
Leslie Thomas assisted us with setting up a trust. We were very pleased with the knowledge and guidance she provided to us during this process.
Posted by Mikala | November 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible, Trustworthy
I called in for a consultation with Ms. Thomas, and the receptionist was friendly and scheduled me at a time that worked for me. The minute I walked in and met Ms. Thomas I knew I was in great hands. She is professional and really knows her stuff. I had my complete estate plan in place within 2 weeks. I highly recommend!
Posted by Elizabeth and Mark | November 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service and Estate Plan
We could not be more pleased with the services we received from Leslie Thomas and her staff. We attended an educational event and learned so much about wills and trusts. We were very impressed with Leslie Thomas' knowledge and expertise in the area of estate planning and loved the fact that everything is done for one price with no surprise or hidden charges. The work was done in a timely and efficient manner, all of our questions were answered and we would recommend Leslie Thomas and Thomas-Walters to anyone who needs to get their estate plan done.
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Posted by Edward | October 30, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Consultation
Needed guidance on a legal matter . The guidance that was provided was very helpful. The firm prepared the document for me.
Response from Leslie Thomas October 31, 2019
Thank you!
Posted by John | October 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable Estate Planning Attorney
Leslie is very good at communicating Estate planning ideas and helping discuss many options. My wife and I highly recommend her .
Response from Leslie Thomas October 31, 2019
Thank you! I’m so glad you were happy with our preparation of your estate plan!
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceelent support for Estate planning
Katie was very attentive, interactive, knowledgeable and professional. We had a lot of questions and she was able to address them all. She tailor made our Revocable Trust to our specific situation.
Posted by John | October 29, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Trust service-cost for up date
Leslie is the best person ever to explain what a trust is at her seminars. We have a completed old trust which needed to be updated, everything in it is done but needs to be put in fresh condition. I would guess it would not take more than a few hours at most to update it. Leslie was extremely nice to give us a new estimate, but it was so much more than her original quote, more than we can manage at present. She had given us a figure of $1,000,00 a few years ago, which we could now handle, but a sudden health problem surfaced which brought a halt to completing the updating of the trust at that time. We were hoping the original quote would still be available.
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Response from Leslie Thomas October 31, 2019
Thank you!
Posted by Jerry | October 29, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
coustomer
Was treated in the up most professional way with my estate planning, would highly recommend Leslie Dillon.
Response from Leslie Thomas October 31, 2019
Thank you so much!
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trust development
Ms Thomas executed our trust. She was personable, efficient and professional. Both my husband and I were pleased with the work she did for us.
Response from Leslie Thomas October 29, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind review. I am so glad you are happy with your estate plan.
Posted by Bob | October 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
B Ellis
Leslie is always available to assist us. She has a great personality and has lived up to all her promises doing our Family Trust. We have recommended her to other friends and Family. Bob Ellis
Response from Leslie Thomas October 29, 2019
Thank you so much Mr. Ellis! I enjoyed working with you guys to plan and prepare the perfect estate plan for your family, and we always love referrals :)
Posted by anonymous | October 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Leslie Thomas helped me determine and establish the best plan for present maintenance and future disposition of our property and investments.
Response from Leslie Thomas October 29, 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our services. I am glad you are pleased with the outcome!
Posted by joseph | October 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Being Prepared
Wonderful service helping my wife and I in preparing our estate. We needed help and our expectations of this activity were exceeded and it will provide our heirs with an easier time in the future. Very courteous.
Response from Leslie Thomas October 29, 2019
Thank you for reviewing our service. I'm happy to hear we exceeded your expectations and look forward to working with you and your loved ones for years to come!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Shareholder
  • Thomas-Walters, PLLC
  • 1998 - Present
  • Partner
  • Wallach & Andrews, PLLC
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • United State Bankruptcy Court
  • 1993 - 1995

Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Texas A&M University
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Estate Planning

Associations

  • Elder Care Matters
  • 2014 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • 2010 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • 2008 - Present
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • 1993 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1993 - Present
  • Estate Planning Council
  • 2009 - 2020
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2021
  • Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Estate Planning Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Estate Planning Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top Estate Planning Attorney
  • Fort Worth Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top Estate Planning Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2016
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Publications

  • Amacom Books publication
  • Estate Planning in Texas
  • 2016
  • South Texas Law Review
  • Assistant Editor
  • 1993
  • South Texas Law Review
  • Member
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
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Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leslie Thomas has a wide range of knowledge in regards to estate planning, tax planning and trusts. She treats her clients as family, and takes exceptional care to make sure that her client's wishes are carried out. I strongly endorse Leslie Thomas for all estate planning matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Leslie is a highly experienced attorney and is exceptionally skilled in estate planning. She genuinely cares about her clients and works with them to accomplish the best solution for their estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly recommend Leslie on any estate planning matter. She takes exceptional care of her clients and ensures their needs are met in a timely fashion. She is very knowledgeable in helping clients protect their assets and set up estate plans to ensure all of their needs are met and short and long term goals achieved. I have seen her in action and she leaves clients satisfied."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Leslie is one of the most well known estate planners in North Texas. She is highly educated on the subject, and does an amazing job for her clients. She is my first recommendation when someone is looking for recommendations for estate planning."
Estate planning Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning
Fort Worth Estate planning Lawyer Leslie Dillon Thomas
Leslie Dillon Thomas
Estate planning Attorney
Fort Worth, TX
Licensed for 29 years
Free Consultation
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