Richard Kevin Spencer

Kevin loves being in the courtroom. His practice encompasses all aspects of courtroom and appellate work, primarily, in the area of estates, trusts, guardianships and estate and trust administration. Most importantly, Kevin has worked hard to become known in Texas in this area of the law. Rest assured, hiring Kevin will get you the experience you need during the most trying times in your life, i.e., the loss or incapacity of a loved-one or when a fiduciary abuses their position.

LocationDallas, Texas

Phone 214-965-9999

Fax214-965-9500

Emailkevin@dallasprobate.com

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. Then, 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. After practicing with and becoming partner at a prominent estate and trust litigation firm for more than 15 years, Kevin started his own law firm on September 1, 2007 as a solo practitioner and his practice has grown to 5 attorneys.

Kevin has experience in all aspects of litigation and has, himself, tried cases before judges and jurites to verdict and has argued to appellate courts. Kevin appears in court almost every week from proving up wills, administrations or guardianships to arguing more complex and contested matters. Kevin is ready to go trial in any case, which adds value to his clients cases for settlement purposes. Consequently, he has had great success in negotiating settlements both in and outside the mediation process. Further, Kevin has also been certified as a mediator in Texas since 2012 and attempts to facilitate settlements for others as well. In addition, Kevin is dedicated to providing pro bono services to the poor and indigent and has taken numerous case referrals from the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and Legal Services of North Texas.

Kevin has devoted a large amount of time to writing scholarly papers, law review articles and speaking to various bar sections; in that regard, he has assisted in writing brochures for indigent or pro se parties.

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. The latter has lead him into leadership positions. Kevin currently serves on the Dallas Bar Association – Probate, Trust and Estates Section Committee and is its current Program Chair.

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 enjoys intellectual endeavors and discussions, reading and spending time with his family, particularly in tropical locales.

Education

  • University of South Dakota School of Law, Vermillion, South Dakota – 1992 – Juris Doctorate
  • Austin College – 1989 – BA in Business and BA in Psychology
  • Cistercian Preparatory School – 1985 – HS Diploma

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Texas, 1995
  • Pro Hac Vice – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2013
  • Pro Hac Vice – Reno, Nevada, 2018

Published Works

  •  Standing and Error Correction in Probate, Texas Tech Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1 (Summer 2018)
  • Estates Code and Estate Planning Issues Affecting Your Family Law Practice – Texas State Bar – Advanced Family Law COURSE – San Antonio, Texas – August 10, 2017
  • Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – Dallas Bar Association – Family Law Section – Dallas, Texas – March 8, 2017
  • It’s Not Over Yet! Resignation, Removal & Successor Fiduciaries – Texas State Bar – Fiduciary Litigation Seminar – Houston, Texas – December 1-2, 2016
  • Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – April 8, 2016;
  • (Family vs.) Probate Regarding Children, Advanced Family Law Course – August 6-9, 2007
  • Bill of Review and Error Correction in Probate, Probate Litigation Seminar – September 17, 2004
  • Divorce and Trust Litigation: Can you trust the Trust? – January 15-17, 2004
  • “Probate Issues Affecting Divorce Attorneys and their Clients”, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists – Family Law Forum Newsletter, Vol. 1 – December, 2002
  • Probate: Dead or Alive, We will be Splitting the Estate, and Other Cross-Over Issues – August 5-8, 2002

Litigation Percentage

95% of Practice Devoted to
Litigation

Languages

English (Primary)

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
  • Estate
  • Trust
  • Heirship
  • Guardianship Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Ancillary Probate Jurisdiction Litigation
  • Common-Law Spouse Disputes
  • Paternity-Inheritance Disputes
  • Civil Appeals
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Mediation

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Rating – September 2003 to present
  • Texas SuperLawyers, Estate and Trust Litigation, Thomson Reuters Legal, 2011 to Present
  • Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers – Estates and Trusts, 2011 to Present
  • Texas Rising Stars (Best Lawyers in Texas Under 40), Thomson Reuters Legal and Texas Monthly, 2004, 2005 and 2007
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, Under 40 – D-Magazine May, 2006
  • Life Fellow, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas State Bar
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2007
  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estates Section Committee Member – 2016 to Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estates Section – Program Chair 2018
  • Dallas Bar Association, Member – Trial Skills Section, Family Law Section, Appellate Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • DAYL Leadership – Class of 2002

Pro Bono Activities

  • Attorney, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
  • President, Cistercian Preparatory School Alumni Association, 1998 – 2002

Seminars

  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – Lawline.com – August 11, 2018
  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – FPA DFW Conference – Irving Convention Center – May 17, 2018
  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – BOKFinancial – March 22, 2018
  • Speaker, Panel Presentation Social Media, Millenials and the Vanishing Jury Trial: Issues of the 2018 Trial Lawyer – Austin College Ken Street Law Symposium – February 12, 2018
  • Speaker, Topic: Estates Code and Estate Planning Issues Affecting Your Family Law Practice – Texas State Bar – Advanced Family Law COURSE – San Antonio, Texas – August 10, 2017
  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – Dallas Bar Association – Family Law Section – Dallas, Texas – March 8, 2017
  • Speaker, Topic: It’s Not Over Yet! Resignation, Removal & Successor Fiduciaries – Texas State Bar – Fiduciary Litigation Seminar – Houston, Texas – December 1-2, 2016
  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – Denton County Probate Bar – Denton, Texas, November 4, 2016
  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – Amarillo Area Probate Bar – Amarillo, Texas, September 23, 2016
  • Speaker, Topic: Estate (Planning) Litigation Pointers: A Litigator’s Perspective – Collin County Probate Bar – McKinney, Texas, April 8, 2016;
  • Speaker, Topic: (Family vs.) Probate Regarding Children – Texas State Bar – Advanced Family Law Course – San Antonio, Texas August 6-9, 2007
  • Speaker, Topic: Bill of Review and Error Correction in Probate – Probate Litigation Seminar – Fort Worth, Texas – September 17, 2004
  • Speaker, Topic: Divorce and Trust Litigation: Can you trust the Trust? – The TAFLS Trial Institute (Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists) – New Orleans, Louisiana – January 15-17, 2004
  • Speaker, Topic: Probate: Dead or Alive, We will be Splitting the Estate, and Other Cross-Over Issues – Texas State Bar – Advanced Family Law Course – Dallas, August 5-8, 2002
  • Speaker, Topic: Self-Proving Evidence, How to Offer & Exclude Evidence Seminar – Evidence Seminar – Houston, Texas – February 9, 2001
  • Speaker, Various Other Presentations to Law Firms and Business in the Area of Probate, Basic Guardianships – Legal Services of North Texas, 1996

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$294k

Survivorship
Account Dispute

$421k

Contest to
Trust Amendment

$100M

Estate Worth Post-
Death Marital Disupte

$20M

Estate Worth
Will Contest

$1M

Will Contest
Jury Trial

$1.2M

Default Judgement
& Obtained Take Nothing Judgment

$1.1M

Will Contest Jury Trial

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