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Patricia BarnesPATRICIA T. BARNES*, Partner
Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

phone:     512-328-8355
fax:          512-328-8413
email:      barnes@bls-legal.com

Education:
            University of Texas at Austin   JD 1983
            University of Texas at Austin   BA Philosophy 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships:
            State Bar of Texas, Member 1983 – present
            State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
            Austin Bar Association
            ABA Estate Planning and Probate Section
            Estate Planning Council of Central Texas

Pat's active legal career spans over two decades and encompasses a broad range of client needs, from basic wills and trusts to sophisticated tax planning for large estates, as well as guardianship, special needs trusts and probate and guardianship administration. A frequent speaker to both professional and lay groups, she enjoys educating people about the need for comprehensive planning for their estates to prepare them and their families for the unexpected as well as the inevitable. Currently her practice focuses on planning for all kinds of people, including blended families as well as non traditional ones. She can help with simple probates to complex administrations.

Pat Barnes has served on the boards of directors of the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Travis County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Central Texas. She has also advanced the missions of Austin Ballet, American Cancer Society and Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve , through service on those boards, and on the planned giving committees of numerous organizations, including Hospice Austin.

Pat lives in Rollingwood (a residential community near the heart of Austin by Zilker Park) with her husband, Philip, having been there for over twenty years and where she raised her four children. Pat served as Rollingwood's presiding municipal judge for more than four years, which Pat and her teenage daughters found to be a powerful and prestigious position among the traffic-ticket-conscious neighborhood teenagers.

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Barbara LipscombBARBARA J. LIPSCOMB*, Partner
Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

phone:     512-328-8355
fax:          512-328-8413
email:      lipscomb@bls-legal.com

Education:
University of Texas at Austin   JD with Honors 1980
University of Texas at Austin   BA Government 1976
University of Texas at Austin   Special Student, Dept. of Art History 1995-1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:
            State Bar of Texas, Member 1980 – present
            State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
            State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
            Austin Bar Association
            ABA Estate Planning and Probate Section (Board of Directors 2002-2006, Chair, 2005-6; Chair-Elect, 2004-5;
            Treasurer, 2003-4)

            ABA Litigation Section
            Estate Planning Council of Central Texas
            Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation

Barbara has over twenty-five years’ experience representing clients in the areas of wills and trusts, estate planning for small, medium and large estates, probate, guardianship and trust law.  She represents executors, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries in routine and disputed cases. She started her legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas, representing state agencies in federal and state court litigation, appeals and administrative proceedings. She entered private practice in 1983 and currently provides counsel on a wide range of matters including tax planning, trusts, family law and issues facing non-traditional families.

Barbara Lipscomb has a multi-county litigation practice, handling contested matters including complex litigation in the areas of will contests and will construction, cases by and against executors and trustees, and contested guardianships. 
She volunteers regularly, taking pro bono legal cases for Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Family Eldercare, and the Texas Advocacy Project.  She currently serves on the Board of Family Eldercare, Inc., a non-profit agency that provides essential services for elders, adults with disabilities and those who care for them.

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Ellen StewartELLEN P. STEWART, Partner

phone:     512-328-8355
fax:          512-328-8413
email:      stewart@bls-legal.com

Education:
Baylor University Law School  JD 1996
Southwestern University  BA Magna Cum Laude 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships:
            State Bar of Texas, Member 1996 – present
            State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
            State Bar of Texas, Litigation Section
            Austin Bar Association
            ABA Estate Planning and Probate Section (Board of Directors
            2007-present)

            ABA Litigation Section
            Estate Planning Council of Central Texas
            Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association (Co-Chair, Membership)

Ellen’s practice areas are estate planning and both uncontested and contested probate and guardianship matters.  She has a depth of litigation experience gained from her work representing clients in commercial lawsuits.  Her practice also encompasses all areas of estate administration, representing executors, heirs and beneficiaries, and creditors, in routine estate administrations as well as complex and contested matters.

Away from the office, Ellen Stewart works pro bono with Family Eldercare, Volunteer Legal Services and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association on projects involving estate planning, probate and guardianship cases. Her volunteer work also includes serving on the Texas Wellness Conference Planning Committee (2006), special projects for St. Thomas More Catholic Church, and she currently serves as local president of the Greater Austin Alumni Association of Southwestern University.

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John OttJOHN R. OTT*, Partner

Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law
Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Texas Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition and Texas Monthly 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2009 (Estate Planning and Trusts)

phone:     512-328-8355
fax:          512-328-8413
email:      ott@bls-legal.com

Education:
University of Houston Law Center JD 1994
University of Mississippi BBA 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships:
          State Bar of Texas, Member 1994 – present
          State Bar of Mississippi, Member 1995 - present
           U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, Member 1995 – present
          Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section, President 2006-2007,
          Director 2000-2007, current Member
          Estate Planning and Probate Law Advisory Commission to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Chair 2008 and           2009, Commissioner 2005 – present
          Estate Planning Council of Central Texas, Director 2004 – 2006, current Member
          State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section Member
          The Mississippi Bar Estate and Trust Section Member
          Texas Guardianship Association Member

John R. Ott, of counsel to Barnes Lipscomb Stewart & Ott PLLC, comes to the firm after more than a decade with a large, multi-practice Austin law firm. He represents clients with complex estates and trusts, including those having contested matters. John enjoys working with clients to manage estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax issues and has much experience utilizing Family Limited Partnerships, trusts, and other business entities to integrate and protect family businesses. His practice includes estate planning, estate administration and contested/litigation matters.

John volunteers regularly, representing qualified clients in probate and guardianship cases. He also takes appointments from the Probate Court to serve as attorney ad litem and estate administrator.

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Clinton AlexanderClinton (“Clint”) W. Alexander, Associate

phone:     512-328-8355
fax:          512-328-8413
email:      alexander@bls-legal.com

Education:
Baylor University Law School, JD with concentration in estate planning 2008
University of Tulsa, Master of Science in Finance 2005
University of Tulsa, B.S.B.A. Economics and Finance 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships:
          State Bar of Texas
          Austin Bar Association
          Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning & Probate Section

Before joining the firm, Clint worked for two and half years as the Law Clerk / Staff Attorney for The Honorable Guy Herman in the Travis County Probate Court No. 1. During Clint’s time at the Probate Court he assisted with approximately 4,000 probate cases and has been exposed to more variations of probate and guardianship disputes than most attorneys encounter during their entire career. Clint’s practice focuses on estate planning as well as uncontested and contested cases in probate, estate administration, and guardianships. Clint accepts appointments from the Probate Court to serve as an attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, or estate administrator in probate, trust, and guardianship cases. Clint is also a regular speaker for the Texas College of Probate Judges regarding heirship determinations.


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Barnes Lipscomb Stewart & Ott PLLC
2901-D Bee Caves Rd.
Austin, TX 78746
Phone: 512-328-8355
Fax: 512-328-8413
firm@bls-legal.com

Email Patricia T. Barnes*
Email Barbara J. Lipscomb*
Email Ellen P. Stewart
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