Jennifer Yates is an attorney at Coffey & Yates based in Denton, Texas. She divides her practice among family law matters, estate planning and administration, and appeals representing clients throughout the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, but largely practicing in Denton County.
A sixth generation Texan, Ms. Yates attended the University of North Texas in Denton, where she double-majored in History and Spanish and graduated a semester early with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. She then attended law school at Southern Methodist University, where Ms. Yates participated in moot court competitions throughout the country before obtaining her Juris Doctor in 2016. She became admitted to practice before all Texas state courts later that year. Ms. Yates has served as President of the Denton County Young Lawyers Association and Board Member of the Denton County Bar Association.
In her family law practice, Ms. Yates works with clients whose marriages have irretrievably broken down and who are facing such issues as child custody, the division of marital property and debts, and child support. She often helps them negotiate a settlement agreement that addresses these matters, but if talks fail, she is a zealous advocate on their behalf in the courtroom. Ms. Yates has also represented clients with existing parenting or support court orders that they need to have enforced or modified. Additionally, Ms. Yates devotes a significant portion of her practice to representing parents and children in CPS matters – both at the trial court and appellate levels.
Ms. Yates also assists clients with preparation and review of wills, trusts, advance medical directives, and powers of attorney. When an estate requires court intervention or action, Ms. Yates has experience representing clients in probate court, including estate administrations, heirship proceedings, and will contests.
Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 – 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 2016
Practice Areas: Family Law, Estate Planning & Probate, Appellate