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David M. Pyke

Estate planning Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.7   15 reviews

also known as Pyke & Associates, P.C.

  • Licensed for 37 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%

    28 years, 100 cases

  2. Guardianship
    30%

    24 years, 80 cases

  3. Probate
    20%

    28 years, 100 cases

  4. Elder law
    15%

    11 years, 20 cases

We are a full-service probate firm -- including estate planning (including elder/medicaid planning), guardianship, and probate.  We strive to take the fear and unpredictability out of the legal process by being clear on our services and setting flat-fees whenever possible.  We handle both planning and contests so we see, from first-hand experience, how to plan to avoid problems.  Our goal is achieve the best result for the client, whether that means trial or resolution.  In probate matters, the issue is always how to get the needed result for the least cost.  To give clients ease of mind, we use flat-fee arrangements in almost all non-contested matters.  In contested matters, we carefully work with clients to understand their goals, their budget, and pursue the strategy that gives that result.  Many "probate" lawyers know the rules, but don't know how to win cases before a jury.  If there is any chance that your case will be contested, I urge you to find a lawyer, like me, who is ready to win your case in court but willing to consider out-of-court settlement when appropriate.  

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Location

Pyke & Associates, P.C.
7557 Rambler Road, Suite 850
Dallas, TX, 75231

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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  15 customer reviews
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Posted by Evan | November 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So easy!
David and his team got our estate plan in order and it was so simple. They just ask you some basic but tough questions (about 1hr), and then you're done. They got my wife and I setup with our personal and business estate will and PoA, then called us back in to review (another 1hr) and sign. Super simple and now we don't have to mess with this anymore! Great job!
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Posted by Eric Suss | July 23, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great experience
Mr. Pyke assisted me and determined that the solution to my situation did not require me to pay him anything. I think it shows Mr. Pyke’s integrity that he made sure he could help us before he even discussed paying him a dime. I appreciate his timely assistance.
Posted by Joe | May 16, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Always responsible
I send David all of my clients' probate work. My expectation is that he'll do a great job, and he hasn't disappointed me yet.
Posted by Gregg | February 4, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
David and his team are outstanding!
They were easily accessible, got back to me quickly, aggressive and got me the assessment results continually to help move the whole process along. I highly recommend David!
Posted by Ernest E | September 17, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wise, superb, and fair lawyer, litigator, and counselor
Whenever it come to wills, trusts, and estates, my family relies on the expertise of David Pyke. Since we went to law school, I have known him for more than 30 years to be a brilliant legal mind and a caring, common-sense person of great integrity. His sterling character is reflected in his fairness and extremely reasonable rates. Without a doubt, David is an expert in his field and in the top 1% of great, genius lawyers. He is greatly respected by judges, lawyers, and clients. With so many of us facing the needs of elderly parents and relatives, I am glad that David is helping clients in their wills, trusts, and estates.
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Posted by Laure | July 26, 2013
Excellent Lawyer!!!
David Pyke is the best probate lawyer in Texas. He is so understanding and really cares. He knows his job and does it very well. He got me everything that my mother wanted me to have. My two sisters try and try to fight it, but he made sure I won. He also has the best staff. Amanda and Kathy were awesome too. They all kept me updated on everything. After using him for a probate lawyer, I also had my will taken care of there. They are excellent and the best. If you don't use him, you will be very sorry. Save your money and go to him first . I rate him 6 stars!
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Posted by Joe | May 23, 2013
Estate and probate review
My son was named in his grandmothers will and an executive officer was appointed. We felt the executive officer was not performing her duties in a professional manner. David Pyke was retained to evaluate the probate order and will. David initiated legal action to get another executive officer appointed and was successful. In my 30 years as a business owner and dealing with several attorneys I found David Pyke to be the best I have dealt with.
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Posted by John | November 1, 2012
Review of David M. Pyke Attorney
In my client attorney relationship with David Pyke, he exhibited and performed with the utmost integrity in a difficult case. He was an expert in his knowledge of the laws and the processes of the case. In a case where the opposing law firm spent over 3 times David's fees, he obtained the best possible result. I feel very fortunate to have had David representing me and my case. Without any question or hesitation, I would recommend David Pyke as an elite level counsel in any type of case he feels he is qualified to handle.
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Posted by Wayne | October 31, 2012
Outstanding Lawyer Who Really Cares About You
David was recommended to me by another lawyer who said he could help me with my mother's estate. I called David and he made time to see my brother and I the next day. Very professional and truly wanted to help us out. I was very impressed with his personality and the "I will take care of this for you" attitude. He kept us up to date as the process moved along. I was particularly appreciative of how he worked with me (made me feel like I was his only client), meeting me at the court and being by my side the whole way. He was prompt in calling me back when I had questions ( I even asked him about this. David thought it was important for me to hear from him. Wow!). Couldn't have had a better experience during this trying time.
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Posted by Laura Martin | October 7, 2012
Excellent lawyer
David Pyke is my attorney and has done a excellent job. If I had to I would hire him again. He has been a great big help for me. I couldn't have done it without him. I would recommend him to everybody that needs a great lawyer. He is very understanding and very patience with me paying him. I was so lucky to pick him and very thankful.
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Posted by Jim P. | October 5, 2012
Family Friendly
The overall rating (excellent) says it all in terms of professionalism and what you would expect from a professional, which David Pyke certainly has proven to be. And in that rating, if there had been a higher category surpassing excellent for Responsive and Kept me informed I would have chosen it....Then enters a key component as to why I can say, if you pass up a chance to work with David Pyke you are missing out...David has the personality of someone whom you could easily consider a friend...if you think of a friend as a person who has your best interest at heart...who will not talk down to you, rather talk with you and supports you in making the best decisions possible... all the while not compromising the professional decorum critical to a client/lawyer relationship. Bottom line David Pyke is the best...and his staff is top notch.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2012
Probate attorney par excellence
I have hired Mr. Pyke twice to probate family wills, and both times he was professional, courteous, prompt, and everything was handled smoothly. His assistant Jenny was especially helpful and went out of her way to help me. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone needing a good probate attorney.
Posted by Joanne | August 26, 2011
Probate made easy!
As an elderly widow, I needed all the help I could get. David and his staff provided me with everything I needed to know and handled all the paperwork in excellent fashion. All processes were explained clearly. All my questions were answered in plain language. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needed a probate lawyer.
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Posted by Anne | April 13, 2011
Outstanding job
David helped me deal with an out of state will when my husband passed away. His professionalism and knowledge of both law and people at the courthouse was invaluable at a most difficult time. Thanks again for the probate and establishment of executrix status - you are the best.
Posted by Don | March 2, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bad Experience
I retained Mr. Pyke’s services in connection with a trust issue which required litigation. Mr. Pyke ignored my initial instructions about handling the case, he tried to get the other side to negotiate after I told him that would not work at all and trying would be a waste of resources. He over promised what he could or would do and very much under delivered. He sold himself as being a very aggressive litigator but he never showed any sign of having that trait. He started off telling me he didn’t see how we could lose then suddenly a few months later changed his pinion to not seeing how we could win. He refused to give any reasoning for this reversal. At our last meeting he said he should not have taken my case as he had no time to deal with it and it was therefore low priority. He had so little interest in representing me that he never attended any court hearings and he never took any action to protect my interests. I could have saved a few thousand dollars by dismissing the case early if he had answered some of my questions instead of ignoring them. I put up a retainer and was refunded part of it when he quit the case but I have no idea what he charged me for as he stopped sending monthly statements early on and even though I’ve asked for copies of those statements on several occasions, he refuses to give me that information. He told me that he would refund me for some paperwork he filed incorrectly but in the end he did not. Mr. Pyke did not communicate well with me, he outright refused to answer email inquiries and didn’t return multiple phone calls. This made it difficult to make decisions as I was constantly in the dark as to what was being done.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-400 per hour
  • Contingency 30%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Pyke & Associates
  • 2000 - Present
  • Partner
  • Rader Campbell Fisher & Pyke
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Associate
  • Locke Purnell Rain Harrell
  • 1986 - 1992

Education

  • Southern Methodist University
  • JD - Juris Doctor Cum Laude
  • 1986
  • Baylor University
  • B.B.A. - Magna Cum Laude
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Executor overcharged estate
  • Judgment for plaintiff
  • Disputed lien foreclosed
  • Contractor won
  • Contested guardianship
  • Success for client

Associations

  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow
  • 2009 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association, Probate, Trusts and Estate Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Diocese of Dallas, Episcopal Church
  • Executive Council
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Dallas Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - 2006
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2008
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2007
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2006
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2004
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2003
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2002
  • Million Dollar Advocate
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2001
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2001
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2000
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1998
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1997
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1996
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1995
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • AV Rating
  • Matindale Hubbell
  • 1993
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Publications

  • SMU Seminar on Civil Litigation
  • Damages in Civil Litigation
  • 1992

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Meeting, Texas Association of CPA's
  • Guardianship and Probate Issues for Accountants
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (23)
Given (23)
Endorse David
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Pyke has provided sage advice in a variety of estate planning matters. It says a lot about an attorney who will take time out of his busy schedule to provide free legal advice. I whole-heartedly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Probate Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David knows what he is talking about and can help with sensitive probate issues."
Probate Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"David was very professional and pleasurable to work with. He really handled the matter well and we were able to benefit both of our clients in a positive outcome for all parties. He's a great guy and a great lawyer!"
Probate Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David and I practice in some of the same areas of law. I have reviewed many of his responses and comments to questions presented on the board. David's answers and comments reflect a deep understanding of the law and have provided helpful information to the people asking questions and his fellow lawyers. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Based on the knowledge and experience he has exhibited in answering numerous questions in categories of which we are both frequent contributors, I would endorse David for probate and estate planning matters in the Dallas, Texas area."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Pyke is an experienced lawyer, as reflected in his excellent answers on Avvo and his AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. If you are in need of a probate attorney in Texas, you would be well-served to hire him."
Probate Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Pyke has established himself on Avvo.com to be well-qualified to handle probate matters in the state of Texas."
Probate Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Pyke gives very complete and accurate answers on AVVO. He is a credit to the legal profession and a great volunteer asset to the community."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Co-worker
"David and I attended law school together, where he excelled (top 10% of our class). I was fortunate to work with David for several years in a large firm, and soon recognized that his business acumen served clients quite well in business litigation, especially in disputes involving accounting matters. David enjoys an excellent reputation in probate law. I recommend him highly."
Probate Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Any client that retains David is in very capable hands. His dedication to probate, trusts and guardianships raises the bar for the community that I practice within, and it's always a pleasure to work with or even against him."
Probate Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. David Pyke is a friend, colleague and trusted resource. He is an excellent, responsive attorney who quickly and efficiently manages cases for his clients."
Probate Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Pyke's superior educational background coupled with his experience clearly makes him qualified in his chosen practice areas."
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