Dean P. Shearer

Dean P. Shearer

Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
281-667-4781
Email:

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Taxation Law
  • Business Organizations

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Estate Planning & Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1989

Education

  • South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta, Legal Fraternity, 1989
    • Honors: Who's Who Among American Law Students, 1998
    • Honors: Houston Bar Association Juvenile Justice Mock Trial Program, Volunteer,1987
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake, Houston
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Honors: 3.5 GPA.
    • Honors: Copy Editor and Photography Editor, UHCLIDIAN Student Newspaper, 1981
    • Honors: Photography Award, Bayousphere Student Magazine, 1982
  • University of Houston - 1980

Published Works

  • Co-Author, "Ancillary Administration: The Out of State Estate", (Co-Author with Marjorie Schultz), State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program
  • Co-Author, "The Estate: Planning and Administration for Lawyers and Legal Assistants", (Co-Author with Marjorie Schultz) , Dallas, Texas, May, 1988
  • "Guidelines for Reviewing and Revising an Estate Plan", Estate Planning, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, May, Vol. 27, No. 4, 2000
  • "Reviewing Estate Plans: Tax and Non-Tax Issues", Houston Bar Association CLE Seminar, Houston, Texas, November, 14, 2002
  • "Reviewing Estate Plans: Tax and Non-Tax Issues", Houston Bar Association CLE Seminar, Houston, Texas, November 14, 2002
  • "Reviewing Estate Plans from a Charitable Perspective", Giving Council of Houston, Houston, Texas, January 23, 2003
  • "Nontraditional Estates Require Planning", Houston Chronicle, February 28, 2003

Classes/Seminars

  • Co-Speaker, "Ancillary Administration: The Out of State Estate", State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program, 1987
  • Co-Speaker, "The Estate: Planning and Administration for Lawyers and Legal Assistants", Dallas, Texas, 1988 - 1987
  • Co-Speaker, "Case Studies in Estate Planning", School of Insurance and Financial Planning Services, Continuing Education Seminar, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, August 18, 1992
  • Co-Speaker, "The Art of Transferring Assets Tax Free", Houston Chapter International Association for Financial Planning, Continuing Education Seminar, Houston, Texas, June 1, 1994
  • Speaker, "How to Hire an Attorney", University of Houston "People's Law School", University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, October 16, 1999
  • Moderator/Host, "Learn About the Law", "Elder and Family Law Issues", "Immigration Law Issues", Houston Bar Association, 2000
  • Speaker, "Law as a Career", Houston Bar Association Speaker's Bureau, November 14, 2000
  • Speaker, "Reviewing Estate Plans: Tax and Non-Tax Issues", Houston Bar Association CLE Seminar, Houston, Texas, November 14, 2002
  • Speaker, "Reviewing Estate Plans from a Charitable Perspective", Giving Council of Houston, Houston, Texas, January 23, 2003
  • Instructor, "Estate Planning", CFP Certification Exam Review, Rice University, School of Continuing Studies, February 14, 2004
  • Panelist, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Estate Planning & Charitable Gifts", Planned Giving Council of Houston, May 27, 2004
  • "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know Concerning Estate Planning & Charitable Gifts", Giving Council of Houston, January 25, 2007
  • "Types of Trusts Used in Estate Planning", "Trust Administration in Texas", Lorman Education Services, Seminar, Houston, Texas, July 17, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in American Law, 11th Ed., 2000 - 2001
  • President's Award for Outstanding Service

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Houston Bar Association, 1989 - 2005
  • Houston Bar Association, 2008 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Speaker's Bureau, Chair, 1999 - 2000
  • Houston Bar Association, Campaign for the Homeless Committee, 1992 - 1994
  • Houston Bar Association, Campaign for the Homeless Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • Houston Bar Association, Co-Chair, 1998 - 1999
  • Houston Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1997 - 1998
  • Guardianship & Ad Litem in the Probate Courts Institutes, Program Chair, October 3, 1997
  • Houston Attorneys for Non-profit Development, 1992 - 1993
  • Houston Attorneys for Non-profit Development, Probate Trusts & Estates Sections
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Living Wills Committee, 1991 - 1993
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, 1993 - 2004
  • Planned Giving Council of Houston, Board of Directors, 2003 - 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • San Jacinto College North, Paralegal Program, Adjunct Part-Time Faculty, 2005 - 2006
  • University of Houston, Executive Development Program, Part-time Instructor, 1997 - 2003
  • University of Houston - Clear Lake, Legal Studies Program, Adjunct Part-Time Faculty, 1991 - 1997
  • Fox & Associates, L.L.P. (Formerly Eidman & Fox, L.L.P.), 2000 - 2004
  • Babchick, Cohen & Shearer, P.C. (Formerly Babchick & Levy), 1989 - 2000
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, Senior Legal Assistant, 1988 - 1989
  • Tenneco Inc., Legal Assistant, 1984 - 1986

Pro Bono Activities

  • University of Houston System Planned Gift Advisory Council, 2002 - Present
  • San Jacinto College Legal Assistant Advisory Committee, 2001 - 2002
  • Board of Trustees, Clear Lake City Community Association, 1992 - 1994
  • Vice President, Clear Lake City Community Association
  • Girls Softball Assistant Coach, Bay Area Youth Sports, 1992 - Present
  • Boys Baseball Manager, Bay Area Youth Sports, 1994 - 1999
  • Nasa Area Pony Baseball Manager, Bay Area Youth Sports, 2001
  • Bay Area Texas Baseball, Boys Youth Baseball Manager, Bay Area Youth Sports, 2006 - 2008
  • Boys Basketball Coach, YMCA, 1995 - 1997
  • Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, Page 595
  • Cub Scout Assistant Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, Page 595, 1994 - 1995
  • Weblos Assistant Den Leader, Boy Scouts of America, Sam Houston Area Council, Page 595, 1996
  • Classroom Consultant, Junior Achievement, 1994
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 1995
  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, 1997
  • Judge, National Mock Trial Competition, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 2000