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Marsha L. Dekan

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  • A gift certificate for a college course at the age of 25 was what set Marsha L. Dekan on the path to becoming a lawyer. Today, she has almost 35 years of experience as an attorney and is a member of SettlePou’s Business Counsel Services, Commercial Lending, Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy, Probate & Estate Planning, and Real Estate practices.

    Areas of Practice:

    Probate & Estate Planning 
    Business Counsel Services
    Commercial Lending 
    Creditor’s Rights & Bankruptcy
    Real Estate

  • About

    Marsha enjoys balancing her commercial practice with her personal services practice. She has extensive experience representing banks and lending institutions, other commercial entities, families, and individuals. She provides services such as estate planning and probate, marital agreements, creditor probate, business succession planning, commercial loan documentation, and default and workout law. She approaches clients with respect and confidence, and they appreciate her ability to identify, prioritize, explain, and address the legal issues at hand. 

    She is a member of many cultural and community organizations, including the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the Dallas World Affairs Council, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Marsha has sung with the Dallas Symphony Chorus for over the 30 years, performing with them at least a dozen times in Carnegie Hall, as well as on tours to Europe, Israel, and South America. She also hosts foreign visitors and enjoys extensive national and international travel. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, cooking, reading, and relaxing at home

  • Education

    Southern Methodist University, B.A., 1974; Highest Honors; Phi Beta Kappa

    University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1978

  • Admissions & Honors

    AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

    Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas

    Texas State Bar Admittance, 1978

    U.S. Supreme Court, 1992

    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1980

    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1990

    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1994

    U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1994

  • Associations

    State Bar of Texas (Sections: Bankruptcy, Women and the Law, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law)

    Dallas Bar Association (Sections: Probate and Real Property (Immediate Past Chair)

    Dallas Women Lawyers Association

    Texas Association of Bank Counsel

    Dallas Estate Planning Council

    Estate Planning Council of North Texas

  • Articles & Presentations

    Author and Lecturer, Collecting Foreign Judgments, Collection Strategies Seminar, South Texas College of Law

    Author and Lecturer, Mortgage Foreclosure in Texas — Bankruptcy, LORMAN EDUCATION SERVICES

    Author and Lecturer, Fundamentals of Real Estate Closings in Texas (Interfacing with the Title Company), LORMAN EDUCATION SERVICES

    Author and Lecturer, Preparing for the Next Wave of Real Estate Closings, LORMAN EDUCATION SERVICES

    Contributor, various articles for BANKERS DIGEST