Our Team

Lee Franks

LEE FRANKS

Lee grew up in a number of Texas communities, Lubbock, Perryton, Eagle Pass, and Lampasas, before graduating high school in Pecos in 1982.  Although he started college at Abilene Christian University, he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden in 1987 as a geological engineer.

Initially working for an Indonesian gold exploration company owned by Pennzoil, Lee returned to the U.S. in 1990 and worked at a sulfur mine in West Texas also owned by Pennzoil.

Wanting to know a bit about money, Lee returned to school in 1992 studying accounting at Texas Tech University and earning a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.

Facing a stiff domestic job market in the minerals industry and working through changing personal priorities, Lee secured a teaching certificate and successfully wooed the lovely and gracious Ginny Scott who blessed him with three fine young men and blesses him still as his beautiful ex-fiancé.

Lee left teaching after eight years in the classroom, and with the support of his family earned his law degree three years later.

Since passing the bar exam in 2008, Lee has embraced the practice of elder law helping clients of all ages navigate and manage the issues of aging and disability by providing Medicaid and estate planning, guardianship, and probate related legal services.

Laura Beth Plesant

LAURA BETH PLEASANT

Laura Beth Pleasant is originally from Willis, Texas, which is about 45 miles north of Houston.  She was raised on a small farm where she raised animals and eventually received agriculture scholarships that brought her out to Texas Tech University.  Laura Beth received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Texas Tech.  She graduated in 2002 with a degree in Agricultural Education and then earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2006.  During her second year of law school, Laura Beth discovered a passion for estate planning and elder law.  She is attracted to the counseling aspect of the law that allows her the opportunity to build relationships with clients and guide them through difficult but necessary life decisions.  
 
Before entering a career in the legal field, Laura Beth coached cheerleading and taught high school students in the areas of government, history and constitutional law at Oak Ridge High School in Conroe, Texas.  That experience combined with her law and education degrees led her into a position at Texas Tech University where she currently teaches Business Law at Rawls College of Business.  She is a member of the Lubbock Area Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is the past secretary/treasurer for the Lubbock County Women Lawyers Association. Laura Beth and her husband Brian have one son, Jaxon, and they attend Victory Life Church. 
Jennifer Harman

JENNIFER HARTMAN

Jennifer has been a resident of West Texas for most of her life. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University in 2004. She went on to earn her teaching certificate and taught elementary Special Education. After trying a variety of industries, including being a flight attendant and administrative assistant on wind farm construction sites, and not finding her niche, she enrolled in Texas Tech School of Law in 2013. Laura Beth and Lee presented during one of the breakout sessions during the law school’s orientation. At her first opportunity, Jennifer dropped by their office to hand deliver her resume. She began clerking at Franks & Pleasant in the Summer of 2014 and continued to clerk for the firm until law school graduation. After graduating law school in 2016 and passing the bar that Fall, Jennifer took a brief hiatus from the firm but returned in September 2017. She currently works remotely from the Abilene area and mainly assists the senior attorneys with research and drafting duties for probates and guardianships matters.

Jaleigh Marett

JALEIGH MARETT

Jaleigh was born and raised right here in Lubbock with her older sister and younger brother. She graduated from Frenship High and went on to continue her education at South Plains College where she majored in office administration. She is a proud mom to six fur babies. In her free time, she enjoys going bowling, listening to murder mystery podcasts and watching Grey’s Anatomy!

Tracie Cole

TRACIE COLE

Tracie is from Lubbock, Texas. She has two beautiful daughters and an amazing husband. She has been a paralegal for about 10 years. Her background is very diverse. Tracie has assisted with estate planning, probate, immigration, criminal, personal injury, family, real estate, guardianship, entity formation, business contracts, loan documentation, oil and gas matters, leasing for alternative energy, tax collection, and credit collection. In addition to her legal background, she has also worked for a bank as a personal banker and a title company as an escrow assistant.