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Patti J. Hightower

Family Attorney at Huntsville, TX

5.0   8 reviews
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Patti

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COMMITTED TO SERVING CLIENTS' LEGAL NEEDS & PROVIDING PERSONALIZED SERVICE.

     Law Office of Patti J. Hightower, P.C. is law firm located in Huntsville, Texas committed to serving clients' legal needs in the areas of Family, Criminal, Real Estate and Estate/Probate law matters.

 

     Family Law Experience includes - Divorces (With & Without Children), CPS Actions, Grandparent's Rights, Enforcement of Custody/Child Support, Suits Involving the Parent-Child Relationship.  Practical Family Law experience includes providing representation for clients in contested hearings involving Protective Orders, Temporary Restraining Orders, Spousal Maintenance, Child Support, Child Custody, Property division (real, personal, retirements, investments), Paternity, Common Law Marriage, Void Marriage, Minor Parents, International Abduction Concerns, and Writs of Attachment and Habeas Corpus.  Experience also includes mediation, final hearing, and jury trial.

 

     Criminal Law Experience Includes - Juveniles, Misdemeanors (Class A, Class B and Class C), and Felonies (State Jail, Third Degree, Second Degree, and First Degree).  Primary Representation involves Misdemeanors (Class A, Class B, Class C) and Felonies (State Jail, Third Degree, and Second Degree).  Practical Criminal Experience includes Arraignments, Pre-Trial Appearances/Hearings, Hearings on Motions to Revoke, Occupational Drivers' Licenses, Hearing on Motions to Adjudicate, and Hearings on Writs of Habeas Corpus.  Consultations/Conferences wth Jail Clients.

 

     Real Estate Law Experience Includes -  Preparation of Real Estate Documents including general warranty deeds, deeds of trust, bills of sales, office leases, commercial leases, individual tenant renter leases, mineral rights leases, security interests, promisstory notes, deeds of trust, partition deeds, easements, and restrictive covenants.  Experience includes frequently drafting various real estate documents for local title companies.

 

     Estate/Probate Law Experience Includes - Preparation of Wills, Codicils, Directives to Physicians, Durable Powers of Attorney, Medical Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Trusts, Family Trusts, and Living Trusts. Experience in Probate includes Drafting Applications for Probate of Will, Hearings on Application to Admit Will to Probate, Hearings and Proceedings on Applications to Determine Heirship and Applications to Administer Estate When There is No Will, Draft Notice to Beneficiaries, Draft Notice to Creditors, and Prepare Inventories for Submission by Estate. 

 

     Frequent appearances in Walker, San Jacinto, Madison, Leon, Grimes, Montgomery, Trinity, or Polk Counties.  Available to practice in State Court (Municipal Courts, Justice Courts, County Courts, County Courts-At-Law, and District Courts) within the State of Texas.  

 

    Free Consultations. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard & Discover Accepted.  

Location

Law Office of Patti J. Hightower, P.C.
Post Office Box 1533
1024 Tenth Street
Huntsville, TX, 77342-1533

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Posted by Krisry | January 6, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best in Huntsville!
I used Patti for my divorce... No kids, but property & retirement involved... Patti's office was always in contact with me about my case... They were always quick to respond to calls or messages... They went above & beyond what I expected from an attorneys office... I was so pleased with there service, that I actually got both of the flowers when my divorce was final..
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best.
Patti is absolutely the best. I came across the Law Office of Patti Hightower after I had met with two other attorneys with regard to my case and talked to several more briefly on occasion. I took the search seriously. My case was promising to be difficult and it would have been a real disaster if I hired a wrong attorney. That made me very picky. I asked people for recommendations, looked up online, read through all the reviews and the literature on how to choose an attorney. In fact, I postponed filing for divorce for months because I could not find the one. I was impressed by the number of the endorsements Patti had on her page, it looked unrealistically high but it caught my attention. Now, after my case is over, I do not find the overwhelming number of her colleagues endorsing her strange because she really IS that good. 1. Patti is very knowledgeable. And she keeps learning. Books, seminars, consulting with colleagues –her expertise is growing while she is working with you on your case. Not a hint of arrogance. 2. She is very sharp. She is sorting out the stuff in your case neatly and thoroughly, prioritizes well, but remembers the details. 3. Your satisfaction is her priority. If there is a choice of whether to get a good night sleep and look fresh in the Courtroom in the morning or to stay up organizing your case and refreshing in memory all the little details of it, she will sacrifice with sleep and will appear in the Courtroom without, probably, a makeup but prepared. 4. She is thoroughly enjoying what she is doing. 5. She has the right staff in her office, who can substitute her on some occasions. She seems to be in perfect relations with her professional network, however, I constantly felt she was representing my best interest. I never felt she was not doing enough. Anything negative? She is too busy. This does not surprise me, people do want her to work with them. I do not know how it goes in other offices, but you might have to wait sometimes for a response to your email. I think this is minor, and if I ever need an attorney again, I know that will be Patti. With that comes your, client’s, responsibility. Follow her advice. I skipped one and very quickly came to regret it (she asked me to keep notes on everything that was happening even if some events did not seem to be important.) Make sure she understands what you want. She is a powerful negotiator, and if she is confused on what you want the negotiation might go into the wrong direction. This means, you, yourself, have to know what you want. This is not as easy as you might think because the law offers only certain solutions to issues, and “what you want” is not really what you want, but one of those options that the law has in its toolkit. So, you will need to talk to Patti about what you can count on in your case, and she will help you determine your goals. Since the attorney’s time is expensive you will help yourself if you organize your case to your best ability (collect documents, write down your questions and what you want to discuss, write your story if needed) prior meeting with her, so that the time you spend with her was used to discuss your goals and strategies. Do not keep skeletons in the closet. Inform Patti on what is really happening with regard to your case. Behave. At one point, my then-spouse, whom I was divorcing, did a pretty stupid and aggressive thing. Patti told me: “If you would have done that, you would not be my client any longer”. The highest standards possible, professional and personal. If this is what you are looking for - Patty is your attorney.
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Posted by Susan | September 26, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!
Patti helped me with my divorce. I had hired one other attorney but quickly knew this was not the right attorney for me. When I met Patti I could tell immediately that she was honest and reliable, knowledgeable of family law and responsible and hard working. I was right. Patti did me an excellent job! Her staff was responsive and always helpful. If I ever need an attorney again, there is no question who I will use. It will be Patti!
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Posted by Joseph | February 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Change in Custody
In a heartbeat I would Hire Mrs. Hightower again! Her work was exemplary. Her and her team are excellent communicators and tell you what she needs from you. Their response time to emails was usually within minutes, occasionally hours during the business week. Emails sent on weekends almost always had a response by 10am the following business day. When working with Mrs. Hightower and her team, I felt like I was a member of the team and not just the “paycheck”. During my time working with her team, I had one emotional reaction to something the other side had done, and her team was professional, courteous, and professional sympathetic during that event. She does a fantastic job managing expectations and is very clear about what to expect. When I first spoke with Mrs. Hightower, my case was in another county and needed transferring. She said that we could not begin work on the case until it was transferred, and true to her word she got my case transferred and the first hearings scheduled as promptly as possible within the time frame that she predicted. I personally had two hearings with her- Temporary Orders and Final Orders hearings. During Temporary Orders she was honest about what to expect and that I would likely only get temporary custody of one of my three children, but we were trying for all three due to the really high bar we had to reach. This is ultimately what happened. When the other side refused to sign the temporary orders, she was quick to file a motion to admit into record and get signed by the judg. During Final hearings she stated that the bar to meet our desired end state was much lower and had a much higher chance of success given the information, evidence, and testimony. We were granted custody of all three of my children. Through all of it, in every in-person meeting and conference call she was always clear: We can be as prepared as we can be, and its still up to the Judge. As a Father in Texas, I had a very low probability of being granted custody. I set out with the intent of doing everything Mrs. Hightower asked me to do, providing every document she asked for, and working as a member of the team; this was the best way to be successful - and it worked. If anyone were to ask me what advice to give when working with Mrs. Hightower it is this - be calm, collected, and pro-active. Do everything you can to control your emotions. Provide everything she asks for. Listen to her when she tells you what to expect. Always remember that despite whatever happens, and everything you have done to be successful, it’s still up to the judge. Mrs. Hightower and team (I can’t name you here, but you know who you are), THANK YOU!
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I hired Patti for what turned out to be a very difficult divorce. The marriage only lasted 2 months but the divorce took eight months due to the other sides stalling, incompetence, and lack of ethics. My ex and I filed a declaration of informal marriage a week after I bought an expensive home in the nicest neighborhood in Huntsville. I also bought a brand new car after the marriage, everything bought with my own money, basically my life savings. My ex tried to claim we were common law married before I bought the house and the fight was on! She wanted half my house, and all of my car. Thanks to Patti being so prepared at every one of the five hearings we had along the way we prevailed and my ex got what she deserved for a two month marriage. Nothing. Patti submitted case law to the court which was really the deciding factor because it could have gone either way. That takes research skills along with a lot of legal knowledge. I've been around the court system now for my third divorce, a custody fight years ago as well as being sued in both State and Federal court in the past. So I know a good attorney when I see one. If you're looking for a very affordable, hard working, winner.....go see Patti. Her staff is knowledgeable and very thorough as well.
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Posted by Sheniquwa and David | April 10, 2014
They don't get any better then Patti J Hightower
The man I'm now married to was in the process of a divorce, and wanted me to research Huntsville area lawyers, after doing my research, I told him to go with Patti and we didn't go wrong. Patti got us everything we asked for PLUS things we didn't know to ask for. Yes Patti we are now married.
Posted by anonymous | November 7, 2013
Couldn't of hired a better Attorney!
Patti J Hightower and her paralegal did everything they could to make sure my husband won his case. They're constantly giving you information and keeping you up to date on the case! She is AMAZING!!
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2013
Patti is wonderful.
Patti did a great job for us on a probate case. She went above and beyond to help us. Her office called regularly to keep us informed. She happily met with us several times to explain details. Her fee was very reasonble. Patti is wonderful.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-200 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • Law Office of Patti J. Hightower, P.C.
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Haney & Moorman
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • McClennan County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Novak, Druce, & Quigg
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Baylor University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Cause No. 12-1212: The State of Texas vs. L.W.H. - In the County Court at Law of Walker County Texas
  • Jury Trial Verdict - Not Guilty
  • Cause No. 10-03-02896: Matter of Marriage of Crystal Bailey & Joshua Bailey & In Interest of (4) Bailey Children
  • Jury Verdict: (1) Crystal Bailey should be designated joint managing conservator with the exclusive right to designate the primary residence of the children (2) Residence of children confined to Walker and Montgomery Counties, Texas

Associations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Walker County Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Walker County Bar Association
  • President
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Boys & Girls Club of Walker County, Texas
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Huntsville Juniors Volleyball Club
  • Coach
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Junior Service League of Huntsville, TX
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Issues for Adult Dependents
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (18)
Given (50)
Endorse Patti
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Patti handled my father's divorce since I was not licensed in Texas, and she did so diligently. She communicated with him, fought hard for his case, and ultimately, secured the result he wanted. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in the area."
Unknown Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known and worked with Patti for many years. She is a strong advocate who always puts her client's needs first."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patti Hightower is a confident and competent advocate. She works hard to obtain the best results for her clients. Patti is a dedicated, hardworking, and attentive advocate. I would have no problem referring friends and family to her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This spirited young lawyer is a jewel in the crown of Walker County. Patti Jean is a first rate advocate. She truly understands that each case and each client are unique and she treats them as such. She takes the time and exerts the effort to ensure her clients get the very best result possible under their specific circumstances. It is a real boon for her neighbors that she came home to practice law."
Family Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patti is a great lawyer. She takes her clients' problems to heart--which gives her an advantage over most lawyers."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While working at the DA's office, I would often have cases that Ms. Hightower was representing accused clients. She was diligent in working for the best results for her clients. I see this same professionalism when I see her working family law cases, CPS cases, and other civil and criminal cases. When she is opposing counsel, I know she will be prepared and honest. I endorse her for her work ethic and her knowledge of the law."
Family Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Patti works diligently for her clients to help them obtain the results they desire. Patti researches issues thoroughly and is always willing to lend a hand with complex legal issues to fellow attorneys. I have witnessed Patti's work in the areas of family law, criminal defense and civil litigation and she is willing to do the work required to help her clients."
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