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Yolanda Cortes

Child abuse Attorney at Temple, TX

4.7   12 reviews

also known as Yolanda Cortes Mares

Virtual consultation available
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  • Licensed for 34 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1989
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Yolanda

Learn Yolanda’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child abuse
    A child abuse lawyer understands issues related to child abuse and neglect, and child physical or emotional abuse claims can arise in a variety of contexts and motives involving CPS. These cases are often very complicated.

  2. Appeals
    My services do not end after a trial. Parents have a right to appeal jury trial judgments or bench trial judgments in parent-child termination cases. I also do these appeals and can continue to fight for their rights if they wish to do so.

  3. Family
    Parent representation in CPS cases is a very narrow area of Family law, and often includes divorce, child support, child custody, and protective orders.

  4. Criminal defense
    Parents in CPS cases sometimes have criminal charges. Coordination with criminal defense attorneys is important as criminal convictions resulting from domestic violence, possession of illegal substances, and other crimes can affect a CPS case.


I currently focus on representing parents in CPS cases. These cases are complex and sometimes involve mediation, divorce, criminal charges, protective orders, child support, and enforcement. They require an attorney who will fight for your rights in the courtroom. I can help you if you just need a simple 1 hour consultation, if you are a parent and need an attorney to guide you through the process, to negotiate a favorable settlement, to advocate for you in Court at hearings or at a bench trial, to take your case to a jury trial, or to appeal termination of your parental rights after a trial, I can help you. If you are an attorney and need help to file an appeal for your client, I can help you too.

Call me or send me an email (preferred) to schedule an initial consultation. I will work hard for you, care about you, personally handle your case, and personally return your calls.  Besides calling to schedule a consultation, the purpose of the initial telephone call is for you and I to discuss your legal matter and for me to be able to tell you whether or not I can help you. I do not give free legal advice during an initial telephone call.

I have a "BV Distinguished" rating, which is a "Very High" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  This rating is a result of a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by a well known and respected legal source.  A "BV Distinguished" rating means that other attorneys believe that I have a very high rating in legal ability and ethical standards.  If I agree to take your case, you will benefit from over 30 years of legal experience that has enabled me to achieve this rating. 

All information received from you will be treated with strict confidentiality. I look forward to an opportunity to help you!

Yo hablo espanol.  I am fluent in Spanish.



Distinguished Peer Review Rating


Yolanda Cortes Mares, Attorney At Law


4.7 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Brad | March 14, 2015
awesome attorney!
I highly recommend Mrs. Yolanda Mares Cortex. She got me EVERYTHING I was entitle to. Highly professional, friendly and honest. The best decision I have ever made.
Posted by Lucas | June 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lucas franklin
Yolanda is a great lawyer she helped me feel comfortable and she was able to negotiate exactly what I asked her to for me she works incredibly hard and returns all calls and answers any question you could have. She is very hard workibg.
Posted by Jose Alex Zamora Benitez | September 22, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce and child custody
She was amazing did her job and thank her so much she did what she had to do and beyond got everything that I needed and wanted I definitely recommend her to everyone and anyone she is the best much love for her
Posted by Julissa | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excelente Abogada! Desde el primer momento puso todo su empeño en mi caso, hubo muy buena comunicación poniendome al tanto de todo. Ella supo defenderme de la mejor manera y Gracias a Dios y a ella hoy estoy de nuevo con mis hijos. GRACIAS
Posted by Tia | October 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
6 stars if I could
Mrs.Cortez-Mares is the upmost professional! She is open and honest about what she can do for you and then she delivers ! She keeps you updated and contacts you frequently! She didn’t disappoint my expectations!! Thank you so much again Mrs.Cortez
Posted by Amanda Applegarth | February 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing, dedicated, passionate attorney who gets the job done!!
I had Mrs Cortez Mares for 2 CPS cases and she went above and beyond each time, fighting for my rights as a mother!! She was amazing with communication and fought her hardest until both cases were dismissed in my favor. I would highly recommend her!!
Posted by Josh | May 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best lawyers in town!
Yolanda was very helpful with my case. I was accused for a crime I did not commit. She was very detailed and explained to me my rights and helped develop a plan of action to getting this resolved. Yolanda is extremely professional, polite, and always available when you need her! I’m so thankful for everything she did to get my case dismissed. I would recommend her services to everyone I know!
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Posted by Victor | December 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A rare jewel of the lawyer that is far from any bad stereotype
I like to do what is right, and thankfully I hired Yolanda who as it turns out knows her stuff really, really, well! She guided me through the very painful road ways of dealing with a difficult contested divorce! She not only knew my name, she was patient and knew everything that was going on, and was happy to explain things to me in a way that I could understand for the benefit of myself and my child. She’s hard-working and honest and knows her stuff! What more could you hook for in a lawyer? I highly recommend her
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Posted by Abdur-Rahiim | May 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
An Amazing Attorney
I was recently brought up on charges of Terroristic threats to my fiancee, and with my given name, the odds seemed insurmountable as to my having a chance. After consulting with Mrs. Cortes Mares about the issue, she contacted the prosecutor on my behalf and had those charges dismissed. Sometimes we all make mistakes, and having a wonderful attorney in your corner makes a world of difference. Thank you Mrs. Cortes Mares.. I am forever grateful
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Posted by anonymous | December 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Will fight for your rights
Yolanda worked hard on my case. She did everything she could to fight for me. I will use her in the future for any and all my legal matters. She was always quick to respond to all my questions. Yolanda made me feel like my case was as important to her as it was to me.
Posted by Petra | April 12, 2015
Family Law
Ms Cortes Mares was excellent at keeping me informed in detail, not just partially, as so many other lawyers tend to do. She always called me back and was specific in phone messages - a huge relief! I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my case and very impressed with how she dealt with the opposing party in a very professional, courteous and kind manner. I also have been working with Ms Cortes Mares as part of my profession for about 2 years and can attest to her ultimate professionalism, wonderful way with setting her clients at ease and always fighting for the best possible outcome. I would always recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Doesn’t return phone calls from potential clients
It’s been weeks that I’ve called whomever answers the phone for this lady because she sure doesn’t. Left messages and nothing! I’m sure someone else out there wants this retainer. Save your hard earned money Becky I’d she doesn’t returns calls I been only imagine the service provided throughout a case!!
Response from Yolanda Cortes June 22, 2023
Dear Anonymous, Since you haven't left a name, I don't know who you are. Obviously, you are not my client and I am not your attorney because you wrote "I'm sure someone else out there wants this retainer". So, contrary to how you have identified yourself, you have not consulted with me and I don't have an obligation to return your calls. You have chosen to post a negative review in a cowardly attempt to try to damage my Avvo rating by hiding your identity. I can assure you, however, your negative review has not damaged my excellent reputation and will have absolutely no impact on discerning clients who retain me. I don't sit by my phone all day waiting for prospective clients to call me; if you find an attorney who does that, it may be an important clue for you. I hope you find what you're looking for and stop writing negative reviews for hard-working attorneys like myself who haven't met you, don't know who you are, and don't appreciate your negative review.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Yolanda Cortes Mares
  • 1992 - Present
  • Associate
  • Andrews, Myers, & Donaldson
  • 1990 - 1992


  • University of Houston Law Center
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1988
  • Cornell University
  • B.Arch.
  • 1980


  • Child Welfare Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Treasurer
  • 2023 - Present
  • Bell County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Former Director, District 8
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Bell County Women's Bar Association
  • Former President
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Former President
  • 1996 - 1997
  • Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
  • Former Vice President
  • 1995 - 1995
  • State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee
  • Former Member and Panel Chair, District 4E
  • 1993 - 1996
  • State Bar of Texas Insurance Trust
  • Former Chairperson and Trustee
  • 1992 - 1998
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
  • Bell County Bar Association
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • 49th Annual Advanced Family Law
  • Traveling To A Foreign Destination: Transitioning From Trial To Your First Appeal
  • 2023
  • 3rd Advanced Child Protection Law Conference
  • Duties And Responsibilities When Multi Ethnicity Meets Foster Care
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
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Endorse Yolanda
Family Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Yolanda's one of the best attorneys I've ever worked with. She's a bulldog in the courtroom. She has an excellent understanding of the law and fights hard for her clients. Fantastic appellate attorney. One of the best in Texas for CPS cases and family matters."
Family Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Friend
"Ms. Cortes is a great advocate for her clients. She works hard for her clients and is great to work with. I highly recommend her!"
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Temple Child abuse Lawyer Yolanda Cortes
Yolanda Cortes
Child abuse Attorney
Temple, TX
Licensed for 34 years
Virtual consultation available