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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 become a lawyer. Today, she has over 40 years of experience as an attorney and is a member of SettlePou’s Probate & Estate Planning, Business Counsel Services, Commercial Lending and Real Estate practices.

    Areas of Practice:

    Probate & Estate Planning
    Business Counsel Services
    Commercial Lending
    Real Estate

  • About

    Marsha enjoys balancing her commercial practice with her personal services practice. She has extensive experience representing families, individuals, banks and lending institutions and other commercial entities. She provides services such as estate planning and probate, marital agreements, business succession planning, commercial lending, and real estate. 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 Alumni Association, the Dallas World Affairs Council, the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Dallas Volunteers in Patrol and Dallas Community Emergency Response Team. Marsha has sung with the Dallas Symphony Chorus for 35 years, performing with them at least a dozen times in Carnegie Hall, as well as on tours to Europe, Israel, South America, Spain and France. She has also performed with the Plano Civic Chorus and toured with them in England. She also hosts foreign visitors and enjoys extensive national and international travel.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, entertaining, and reading. 

  • 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 (Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section)

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

    Dallas Women Lawyers Association

    Dallas Estate Planning Council

    Estate Planning Council of North Texas

  • Articles & Presentations

    Author and Lecturer, Collection Strategies Seminar, South Texas College Law

    Author and Lecturer, Mortgage Foreclosures in Texas – Bankruptcy, LORMAN EDUCATION SERVICES

    Author and Lecturer, Fundamentals of Real Estate Closings in Texas, LORMAN EDUCATION SERVICES

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

    Contributor, various articles for BANKERS DIGEST

    Numerous community and corporate presentations on estate planning and probate issues