Jacob Higgins received his undergraduate degree from Texas State University, graduating magna cum laude. He received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University, where he graduated cum laude. At SMU Law School, Jacob was Associate Managing Editor for the International Law Review Association. During law school, he also interned with a federal district judge, a state district judge in Collin County, and the United States Attorney’s Office.
Jacob has a general civil practice that includes a wide variety of litigation and transactional matters. His emphasis is on litigation matters, assisting the firms’ partners with the firm’s commercial litigation docket.
Jacob’s practice includes a strong emphasis on family law cases, including divorce, custody disputes, adjudication of parentage, modification of the parent-child relationship, enforcement actions, and adoption. Jacob has handled numerous family law cases and has represented clients in a wide range of contested proceedings, including final trials, temporary orders hearings, contempt hearings, mediations, and CPS hearings. Whether every matter in the case is agreed to or every matter is contested, Jacob seeks to guide the client through the most effective and affordable options, while ultimately allowing the client to decide which path is best for the client’s family.
Jacob’s practice also includes probate and estate planning. He works to help clients deal with the stress and expense of probate matters. Jacob initially assesses with the client whether formal probate proceedings are necessary. When probate is necessary, Jacob aims to handle the case with as little stress and expense to the client as possible. Jacob’s probate practice includes uncontested testate proceedings (where there is a will) and intestate proceedings (where there is no will). He also handles contested cases, including disputes over the existence of a will or duplicate wills, whether the person was of legally sound mind to sign a will, and whether the Court should appoint as executor the persons named in the will. Jacob’s probate practice also includes guardianships for minors and adults.
Jacob’s estate planning practice is centered on ensuring that the client’s property is distributed to the people the client wants to receive it and on making the probate process as easy as possible for the client’s loved ones. Each client has different needs and wishes. Jacob strives for an affordable, client-centered approach that determines the necessary steps to make the transfer of assets to loved ones as smooth as possible
Jacob enjoys spending time with his growing family. They enjoy visiting the Arboretum and the Dallas Zoo and hiking around White Rock Lake.
Areas of Practice
J.D., Southern Methodist University, cum laude, 2012
B.A., Political Science and History, magna cum laude, Texas State University, 2009
Certificate, Attorney Ad Litem, Probate Court