Jeffrey A. Yates


Jeffrey Yates is a seasoned litigator and transactional attorney who focuses in probate corporate law, business litigation and estate planning. Since 2005, Jeff has shared his unique background in probate law and high-net-worth estate planning with clients of Albin Oldner Law, PLLC.

Estate planning cases intersect at the complicated corners of family and money. To skillfully and successfully navigate these dynamics requires experience in areas of law that most attorneys won’t venture near. Jeff Yates and the probate team at Albin Oldner Law, PLLC bring a wealth of experience in probate litigation and probate issues.

This has created a strong and close network of collegial relationships within the probate law community, giving Jeff an advantage when it comes to negotiating productive and positive outcomes that are in the best interests of his client.

Jeff’s passion for creating effective long-term solutions also shines in his personal and service life. As part of the 2001 Leadership Class project for the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, he spearheaded a 5K run that brought North Texas volunteers together to recognize and raise funds for the victims and heroes of 9-11. This became the Freedom Run and Festival, an annual tradition that still brings together the Dallas legal community and thousands of participants, over a decade later.

Jeff has been named to Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars in 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He also received the “FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” recognition for 2009 and 2012. Jeff also serves as a board member and legal counsel for South Dallas Community Ministries, Inc.

Jeff and his wife and family live in Prosper and attend Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2005

Areas of Practice

  • Civil / Business Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianship
  • Probate Litigation
  • Real Estate

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Texas


  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas
    • Juris Doctor – May, 1997
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
    • Bachelor of Business Administration – August, 1994
    • Major: Business Management
    • Minor: Pre-Law
    • Minor: International Business

Speaker Presentations

  • Basic Estate Planning, Plano ISD and Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
  • The Litigation Process
  • Estate Planning for Digital Assets – Collin County Bar
  • Real Estate Considerations in Family Law Matters – Collin County Bar
  • Guardianship $ Alternatives – Estate Planning Counsel of North Texas

Honors and Awards

  • FIVE STAR: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager for 2009 and 2012 by Crescendo Business Services
  • Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2005 and 2009
  • Thomson Reuters Rising Star, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Member, 1998 – Present
  • The Freedom Run (now a DAYL Committee), Co-Founder
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas A&M Club, Member
  • 12th Man Foundation, Member
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, Volunteer
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member
  • Collin County Young Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Joseph E. Ashmore, JR., P.C., Dallas, Texas
    • Associate Attorney, January 1, 1999 – January 1, 2005
  • Ticor Title Agency of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
    • Examiner / Abstractor, February 1, 1997 – December 1, 1998

Pro Bono Activities

  • Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas – Volunteer Attorney
  • Graduate, DAYL Leadership Program, 2001
  • South Dallas Community Ministries – Board Member