Principal Office:

600 W. 6th Street

Suite 300

Fort Worth, TX 76102


Office: 817.877.2885

Fax: 817.333.2985

 “Estate planning is not just about taxes — it is also about family.”

Noel C. Ice

Board Certified

Estate Planning

& Probate Law

by the Texas Board

of Legal Specialization



Jean Marie Billings

Legal Assistant

Direct  (817) 878-2929

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Noel C. Ice

Attorney Full Bio

Essential Bio

Noel C. Ice is a partner (of-counsel) in the Fort Worth office of Cantey Hanger LLP.  Born in San Diego, California, and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Noel graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a B.A., with honors, in 1973. He attended law school at the University of California - Hastings College of the Law and graduated in 1976 with a J.D.  Noel was admitted to the bar in Texas in 1977; he is also admitted to practice before the U. S. Court of Appeals, the Fifth Circuit, 1981; the U. S. District Court, the Northern District of Texas, 1977; and the U. S. Tax Court, 1980. Noel is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1983.


Most of Noel’s more than 35 year law practice has been at the firm of Cantey Hanger LLP in Fort Worth, Texas, in the Tax Section with a focus on Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate, Taxation, Pension Plans, and ERISA.


Noel is honored to be listed every year in numerous publications. He has been recognized as one of the Top Attorneys by Fort Worth, Texas magazine; listed as one of the seven Most Dependable Lawyers (Trusts & Estates) of Texas by Goldline Research (Forbes); listed among the “Top 100” Lawyers in Texas considered among the best in their profession, without regard to area of practice, in the 2004 and 2005 editions of Texas Super Lawyers, and recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003 in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America each year since 1993 in the specialties of Employee Benefits Law, Tax Law, and Trusts and Estates - part of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers for ten years or longer; he has been honored by The Fort Worth Business Press as an Attorney of Excellence for Tax Law and Estate Planning; he has been listed in the Texas Lawyer Go-To-Guide, as one of four “Top-Notch” lawyers in the field of Trusts and Estates Law; and he has been listed among the top five Trusts, Estates & Probate Lawyers in Fort Worth, Texas magazine's Top Attorney Guide.


He holds an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating by Martindale, and is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association, and the State Bar of Texas; is a fellow, former Texas chair, and former Regent with the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); a member of Southwest Benefits Association; a Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who; and a Member of the National Committee on Planned Giving.


Noel has published many articles, and is a frequent speaker and has been a course director for the State Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning & Probate, Advanced Drafting for Estate Planning & Probate and Advanced Estate Planning & Probate Strategies courses. He has also spoken and published articles for the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Ice has published two books: (1) “Current Developments in Texas Probate and Trust Law,” Texas Bankers Association, Fort Worth, January 8, 1987, (Softcover); (2) “Distribution and Estate Planning For Deferred Compensation and IRA Benefits,” American Society of Pension Actuaries (ASPA), February, 1993, (240 pages, softcover); which also was updated July, 1994, (329 pages, softcover). Additionally, Noel has published articles in the Journal for the Life Underwriter, the State Bar of Texas, Tax Section Newsletter and The Texas Tax Lawyer. He has also written several articles for Leimberg Information Services, Inc. and has an article recently published in The ACTEC Journal, “When Can an IRA or Qualified Plan Invest in a Closely Held Business?”


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Board Certified: Estate Planning & Probate Law by

the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1983

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