THOMAS WALTERS YOUR Local Team
For All of Your Estate Planning Needs
Named one of the top ten estate planning attorneys in Texas by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, Leslie Dillon Thomas is a founding member, partner and estate planning attorney with Thomas-Walters, PLLC. She is the author of Estate Planning in Texas and has been repeatedly named a Top Estate Planning Attorney in Fort Worth. She received her business degree from Texas A&M University in 1990, and graduated magna cum laude from South Texas College of Law in 1993, where she served as the Assistant Editor of the Law Review and received the faculty award for outstanding graduate. Ms. Thomas focuses her legal career exclusively in the area of estate planning. She has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, and is often asked to speak at conferences and seminars regarding important estate planning issues, changes and trends. Ms. Thomas enjoys working with families to devise a strategy specific to their needs and an estate plan best suited to protect their assets for future generations. Ms. Thomas finds that those clients who work to create an effective estate plan are much more at peace in knowing that they have everything in place for their loved ones. When she is not helping families plan their estates, Ms. Thomas enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Ashley Judd is an Associate Attorney with Thomas-Walters, PLLC. She graduated cum laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Texas A&M University. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2008, where she received the Dean’s Leadership Award in 2006 and 2007, and held an officer position in Phi Delta Phi, the legal honor society. Ashley has exclusively focused her career on real estate and its role in estate planning. Ashley is dedicated to making sure her clients’ assets are fully protected and their wishes are carried out throughout their estate plan. As a mom with three small children at home, she understands the absolute importance that her children’s futures are protected and put in place. She is passionate about giving her clients the peace of mind that their families are well cared for. When she is not at work, Ashley is the founding member of A Comfort of Home, a non-profit that provides comforts to families with children in the NICU and PICU in the Dallas/Ft Worth area, and being involved with her church.
Katie Manchaca joined Thomas-Walters, PLLC, in 2019 when she contributed to the establishment of the Southlake office. She has practiced estate planning for the majority of her legal career, focusing on complex estate planning issues and designing asset protection trusts specifically for individual needs. Ms. Manchaca’s knowledge of estate planning and probate issues, her creativity and her attention to detail have proven to be great assets to her clients. She enjoys assisting clients construct legally-sound protections for their future and for future generations.
Ms. Manchaca graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Texas in 2004, and earned her JD from Texas A&M University School of Law in 2007. She was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in 2013. She previously worked at a national law firm and a national oil and gas company. Ms. Manchaca is a native Texan and has lived in Fort Worth since 2004. When she is not helping her clients with estate plans, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Krista Paschke joined Thomas-Walters in 2019 as an Associate Attorney. Ms. Paschke attended East Central University where she graduated cum lade with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies in 2015. While at East Central, she earned academic all-conference for four consecutive years while playing for the school’s NCAA Division ll soccer team and was the Chief Justice for the school’s Greek Judicial Board as a member of the Chi Omega Fraternity. Ms. Paschke then received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas A&M University School of Law. While attending Texas A&M, Ms. Paschke focused her legal education towards a concentration in business law and estate planning.
Prior to joining Thomas-Walters, Krista’s career was focused primarily on corporate litigation, business formation & estate planning. She is excited to make the transition to focus solely on estate planning, and is certain that her experiences managing complex legal issues and corporate structures will help her assist her clients in forming trusts and estate plans that provide adequate protection for all of their family’s needs. Krista is a native Texan and has lived in the DFW-Metroplex all of her life. When she is not working with clients, Krista enjoys going to church and spending time with her husband and black lab, Sammy.
Kindyle Ledingham is our Area Administrator and Development Coordinator. Kindyle was born in Lubbock, TX and has lived in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since 1993. Prior to joining Thomas- Walters Estate Planning, Kindyle worked in the funeral and insurance industry for 12 years. She gained knowledge and learned the importance of having an estate plan in place while working at the funeral home. Kindyle has both a real estate and insurance license, giving her a unique perspective when it comes to helping our clients with their estate plans. When she is not working, Kindyle enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Debra Duran is the firm’s Office Manager. She received her Associate of Arts in Teaching from Tarrant County College in 2010, and her Associate of Applied Science in 2016. Debra enjoys greeting each customer and helping them coordinate their appointments with our multiple locations. Debra is also responsible for filing all the warranty and mineral deeds with the appropriate counties. Debra brings many years of experience to the firm from various industries, and she uses her experience to keep our office running smoothly on a daily basis. When Debra is not working, she enjoys spending time with her 3 children and her cats.
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