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There are 18 Statutory Probate Courts in Texas that hear only estate, trust and guardianship matters. In those counties that have them, Statutory Probate Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over such matters - meaning, no other court in those counties can hear such matters. Hiring an attorney that has knowledge and experience in estate law, trust law and guardianship law is very important if you have a case in a Statutory Probate Court. The attorneys at Spencer Law, P.C. has that knowledge and experience. Call us today at (214) 965-9999 and review our website at www.spencerlawpc.com.

WILLS: In Texas, to execute a will that is not holographic (see separate post on holographic will), you - the testator - must be over the age of 18 and of sound mind and must sign the Will in the presence of two witnesses at the testator's request, both of whom are over the age of 14. The latter is known as the formalities and solemnities of making a Will a/k/a the "Will Signing Ceremony." A great misconception is that a notary is required. A notary is not required to execute the Will. The notary is required to administer and take the oath (sworn statement) of the Will witnesses on the Self-proving Affidavit and to acknowledge the testator's signature on the Self-proving Affidavit, which is a completely separate document that is not required. A Self-proving Affidavit establishes part of the evidence necessary to prove-up the Will and makes the prove-up easier. Proof that a Self-proving Affidavit is a separate document is that, as long as the same participants sign it, it does not need to be signed simultaneously with the signing of the Will, although the latter is most common. If you think a Will was not properly signed using these formalities and solemnities, then you can contest it. Call us to discuss these issues at (214) 965-9999.

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Spencer Law, P.C. has MOVED!!!

Please take note of and use our new contact information as follows:

500 N. Akard Street, Ste 2010
Dallas, Texas, 75201-3302
(214) 965-9999
(214)  965-9500 - Fax

Our e-mails remain the same and our website remains the same:

www.spencerlawpc.com

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Richard Kevin Spencer
Principal – Partner
Location: Dallas, Texas
Phone: 214-380-0738
800-639-7046 (Toll free)
Fax: 214-630-9264

Kevin Spencer graduated from Cistercian Preparatory School in 1985, and earned a B.A. in Business and a B.A. in Psychology from Austin College in 1989. Kevin then left Texas to study law at the University of South Dakota - School of Law and received his juris doctorate in 1992. Kevin began his law practice in August 1992 and received his license to practice law in Texas on May 7, 1993. On September 1, 2007, Kevin started his own law firm, after practicing with and becoming partner at an estate and trust litigation firm for more than 15 years.

Kevin has a thriving litigation and appeals practice primarily in the area of litigation and appeals focusing in all aspects of estate, trust, heirship, guardianship and fiduciary litigation and estate administration, including ancillary probate jurisdiction litigation, common-law spouse disputes, paternity-inheritance disputes, civil appeals and general civil litigation. Kevin has experience in all aspects of litigation and has, himself, tried cases before judges, before a jury to verdict and has argued to appellate courts. Kevin appears in court almost every week from proving up wills or guardianships to arguing more complex and contested matters in advancement of his clients' cases. Kevin enjoys the trial process and has tried numerous jury trials to verdict with success.

He has represented his clients in the mediation process and attempting to reach a settlement before resorting to trial to resolve disputes. Kevin is also certified as a mediator in Texas.

Kevin is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas and a Lifetime Fellow of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation. He is also a former President of the Cistercian Alumni Association.

Kevin has volunteered to speak and has participated in legal clinics for Legal Services of North Texas and has handled numerous cases for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Kevin was a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers' Leadership Class of 2002, which was instrumental in organizing, in conjunction with the 7-11 Corporation, the Education is Freedom Luncheon with Bob Dole held on October 9, 2003; a charitable event. He has written papers and given speeches in the area of probate for several state bar sections and has assisted in writing brochures for indigent or pro se parties.

Kevin enjoys football and spending time with his family, particularly in tropical locales.

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