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When people are not able to make their own good, responsible medical, personal and financial decisions, (most often because they have a disability, disease such as dementia or have been incapacitated in an accident), I help by getting a substitute decision maker appointed, or developing a less restrictive strategy that will make sure they are safe and protected.


I was born and raised in Minnesota.  I went to Omaha, Nebraska for college, earning a business degree from Creighton University in 1993.  I then returned home for law school, earning a Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1996. After law school my first job in the legal field was in Buffalo, Minnesota, clerking for Wright County District Court Judge Bruce R. Douglas. When my clerkship ended, I began practicing law in Buffalo, Minnesota at Johnson, Larson, Peterson & Matt, P.A., becoming a shareholder after four years.  I have 18 years of courtroom experience, in a wide variety of areas, including civil litigation, family law, probate, guardianships and conservatorships, personal injury, business transactions and estate planning.


My passion, outside of the law, is long distance running.  Running is my "me time".  I've completed a dozen marathons and am likely training for the next one now! 


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Practice areas


  1. Guardianship: 70%
  2. Divorce: 15%
  3. Litigation: 10%
  4. Probate: 5%



Hourly ($225-250/hour), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Spence Legal Services, LLC

Carlson Towers
601 Carlson Parkway, Suite 1050
Minneapolis, MN, 55305


MNAuthorized to practice199606/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2005
Rising StarMinnesota Law & Politics Magazine2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and AttorneySpence Legal Services, LLC (formerly Matt Legal Services)2010 - Present
Shareholder and Managing AttorneyJohnson, Larson, Peterson & Matt, P.A.1998 - 2010
Law Clerk to the Honorable Bruce R. Douglas10th Judicial District - State of Minnesota1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
MAGIC (Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship)Board Member2013 - Present
MAGIC (Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship)Board of Directions (Communications Chair and Member At Large)2013 - Present
Rotary Club of BuffaloToys For Tots Coordinator2010 - Present
Minnesota Association for Guardianships and Conservatorships (MAGIC)Member2005 - Present
PATH Crisis Nursery Of Wright CountyAdvisory Committee Member2000 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationVice President2008 - 2009
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationTreasurer2007 - 2008
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationSecretary2006 - 2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Minnesota Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Creighton UniversityAccountingOther - Bachelors1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The District Court Show - QCTVGuardianships and Conservatorships2010
10th District Law Clerk CLEGuardianships and Conservatorships: The Basics and Beyond2010
Monticello Senior CenterPlanning for Incapacity2008