Jackson Walker Welcomes Wealth Planning and Fiduciary Litigation Group

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HOUSTON, TX—Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the arrival of five Houston litigators focused on probate, trust, and fiduciary litigation. The team is led by Sarah Patel Pacheco and includes Kathleen Tanner Beduze, Joshua R. Flores, Joe R. Savoie, and Jocelyn Thibodaux Slater.

Meet the Team
Sarah Patel Pacheco is a board-certified estate planning and probate law attorney focused on estate, trust, guardianship, and fiduciary litigation and administration issues. She is a trusted authority on trusts, estates, and fiduciary litigation as the co-author of three legal treatises, and a frequent speaker for State Bar of Texas conferences and other organizations.

Kathleen Tanner Beduze assists clients in the areas of probate litigation, guardianship, and estate and probate administration. She primarily represents trustees, administrators, guardians, and executors with administrative matters relating to their fiduciary roles. In addition to her practice, Kathleen is a contributing author for the State Bar of Texas’ Guardianship Manual.

Joshua R. Flores primarily practices in fiduciary litigation, including will contests, will and trust interpretation issues, probate and trust administration, and guardianship proceedings. Josh also handles business and fiduciary disputes between partners, company members, and shareholders, as well as other civil litigation matters.

Joe R. Savoie primarily advises clients on fiduciary litigation; probate, trust, and administration; and business litigation. He also has experience handling products liability, insurance and personal injury defense, and general civil litigation. In recognition of his practice, Joe has been named among the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch since 2021 in the areas of Litigation – Trusts and Estates and Commercial Litigation.

Jocelyn Thibodaux Slater is a certified guardianship attorney by the State Bar of Texas and focuses her practice on probate, guardianship, trust, and fiduciary litigation, and probate and trust administrations. She also assists with corporate formations, governance, and fiduciary responsibilities. Jocelyn has been named among the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch since 2021 in the area of Litigation – Commercial Litigation.


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