Experienced Temple, Texas, Attorneys

Litigation Attorneys Serving Clients In Bell County And Throughout Central Texas

Prater & Ridley Attorneys at Law provides Texas family law and criminal defense services for clients in Bell County and many nearby communities throughout Central Texas. Our founding partners each graduated from Baylor University School of Law and lead our legal staff with more than 40 years of litigation experience. Senior partner Carol Prater is a certified family law specialist, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Our firm has earned decades of recognition in the Central Texas legal community, resulting in excellent working relationships with opposing attorneys, prosecutors and judges. Our knowledge of procedures and expectations in local court jurisdictions throughout the region gives our clients the advantage of efficiency and the benefit of cost-effectiveness, as we focus on positive outcomes.

From offices in Temple, our lawyers advise and represent clients throughout Central Texas. Call us or submit an email to arrange an initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.

Our primary areas of practice include:

  • Texas family law: Texas courts expect divorcing spouses to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom, if possible. We are skilled and experienced negotiators who vigorously protect our clients' interests throughout the process. If litigation becomes necessary, we have extensive courtroom experience. We know how to prepare for trial and we know how to try these cases in court. Firm partner Carol E. Prater practices exclusively in this area and has previously been a speaker at the Advanced Family Law Course for the State Bar of Texas, and has contributed to the Family Law Formbook published by the State Bar of Texas,, as well as an author of several articles in the Baylor Law Review.
  • Criminal law: We provide highly skilled and aggressive criminal defense for clients charged with DWI, assaults and drug offenses in jurisdictions throughout Central Texas. We also provide post-conviction services such as non-disclosures and expunctions. Our criminal law group is led by firm partner Patrick J. Ridley, who served as president of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Mr. Ridley has earned life membership as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
  • Probate and estate administration: We offer a full range of estate planning and administration services for clients needing guidance with wills and other legal instruments. We also provide effective dispute resolution and litigation services related to Texas probate law. This area of our practice is led by firm partner Patrick J. Ridley with more than four decades of experience in Texas probate matters.

Experience And Knowledge, With A Focus On Exceeding Your Expectations

We are first and foremost a trial law firm. We take the time to prepare thoroughly and present your case with determination and clarity. Our firm combines experience, resourcefulness and technology to offer our clients sophisticated representation focused on achieving the best possible outcome for every case. We practice with integrity, including responsive communications and setting clear expectations with our clients. Our fees are competitive and based on transparent billing policies. We accept major credit cards for your convenience.

Our general office hours in Temple are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and evening and weekend appointments are available by special arrangement. Call us at 254-773-9081 to discuss your legal concerns. You may also use our convenient email contact form to request a consultation with an attorney.