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Patti S. Spencer, Esq., is widely recognized as a preeminent estate planning attorney and is the founder and owner of Spencer Law Firm LLC (SLF) in Lancaster, Pa. Over the course of 35 years, Spencer has assisted both clients and peer professionals with estate planning, probate, taxation, expert witness case work, and closely-held business issues such as fiduciary income tax, business succession planning and corporate tax planning.

Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College and received her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. Prior to opening her own firm in 1996, Spencer managed a regional bank’s Personal Trust Department and was appointed a Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law in the Graduate Tax Program. Over eight years, she taught courses including Estate and Gift Taxation, Trusts and Estates, and Estate Planning. An advocate for education, Spencer continued teaching even after relocation to Pennsylvania, where she became an adjunct professor at Franklin and Marshall College where she taught a Federal Income Tax course.

Spencer has published numerous articles on estate planning topics and is the author of a weekly column, “Taxing Matters,” for the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal / Lancaster New Era newspaper serving Lancaster County, Pa. While presently a blogger for Fig Lancaster Magazine online and Willow Valley’s Restart Retirement publication, she is also in the process of publishing her second book, “Your Estate Matters.” Lastly, Data Trace publishes Spencer’s two-volume loose leaf Pennsylvania Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts Library Forms and Practice Manual, which is updated annually with a supplement.

Spencer is a recurrent lecturer for a vast array of organizations including the bar associations of Lancaster, Dauphin, Lehigh, Montgomery and Monroe counties of Pennsylvania, and provides CPAs and lawyers with continuing education through lectures at the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Foundation. Spencer is also invited to speak regularly by nationally recognized organizations such as PICPA, PBI, and NBI.

Spencer is a peer-nominated fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and has been a super lawyer for six years, placing her in the top five percent of state-wide lawyers. As a widely-known advocate for her community, she is also involved with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and has participated as a board member of the YWCA.

Spencer most recently received the Martindale’s Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, but was also named one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business in 2000 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

Ms. Spencer has been recognized by the legal profession for her educational commitment and her work with families, individuals, businesses, attorneys and accountants she serves.


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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 34%
  2. Litigation: 33%
  3. Estate Planning: 33%



Hourly ($235-400/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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    Patti is both a caring and knowledgeable attorney.


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Contact info

Spencer Law Firm

901 Rohrerstown Rd
Lancaster, PA, 17601


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Pennsylvania SuperlawyersPhiladelphia Magazine2008
Pennsylvania SuperlawyersPhiladelphia Magazine2007
Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate CounselACTEC - American College of Trust and Estate Counsel2003
One of Pennsylvania’s “Best 50 Women in Business”Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Sole PractitionerSpencer Law Firm1996 - Present
Head of Personal Trust DepartmentFulton Bank1991 - 1996
Non-equity PartnerDeutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis Holland & Drachman, P.C.1988 - 1991
N/AVacovec Mayotte & Singer1982 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Philadelphia Estate Planning CouncilMember2000 - Present
Harrisburg Estate PLanning CouncilMember1997 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Lancaster Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Lancaster Estate Planning CouncilMember1991 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1978 - 1991
Publication nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts Library: Forms and Practice Manual2-volume set published by Data Trace, 20072007
Your Estate Matters,” AuthorHouse, 2005, 476 pagesAn authoritative guide to estate planning, tax matters and financial strategies for long-term management of personal, family and closely-held business assets.2005
Philadelphia Estate Planning Council Newsletter"Mediation for Trusts and Estates"2005
Trusts & Estates“Tax Us, Please”2003
Boston University Probate Law Journal“Must Private Property be Inheritable?”1990
“Taxing Matters,” a weekly column on tax and estate planning issues published in the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal, October 1999 to present.published October 1999 to presentN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1984
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Dickinson CollegePhilosophy and Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Uniform Trust ActNew Notice Requirements2008
Estate Planning BasicsCharitable planning2008