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John R. McNair

Elder law Attorney at Dallas, TX

4.8   8 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 40 years
    Arkansas - AR 42 years
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1983
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State AR
    Acquired 1982
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Assisting clients with proactive and crisis planning to obtain Medicaid Benefits and VA Aid and Attendance benefits to pay for long-term care.

    24 years

  2. Estate planning
    Assisting clients with all aspects of estate planning including estate tax reduction and elimination and creation of various wills, trusts, family limited partnerships and other creditor protection techniques.

    42 years

  3. Probate
    Representation of clients in probating wills, other estate administration matters and guardianship cases.

    42 years

John McNair has practiced law in Texas for 35 years. After building a successful Estate Planning practice, John applied his legal and financial expertise to clients in need of healthcare, focusing on Medicaid Planning, VA Pension Qualification and other Elder Law issues.

John is currently the only practicing attorney in Dallas County who has earned the National Elder Law Foundation’s Certified Elder Law Attorney designation.

John earned a Master of Tax Law degree from SMU and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from the University of Arkansas. John is a Board Certified Tax Law, Estate Planning and Probate attorney as well as a Certified Public Accountant. He is also an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

John is active in his community, serving as a Board Director for the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Board Member of the DFW Chapter of the National Placement & Referral Alliance, and Legal Advisor for the Dallas Area Gerontological Society. His practice also supports the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and the Adult Protective Services Community Board.

Based in Dallas, John speaks frequently to professional groups about VA Pension Benefits, Medicaid Planning, Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives and other Estate Planning and Elder Law topics.

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J. McNair Dallas Law P.C.
5430 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Suite 1200
Dallas, TX, 75240-6230

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Posted by Jill | July 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
John not only helped us with a critical business issue and recommended another incredible attorney to partner with regarding the business issue. Together we were successful in solving the issue. Additionally, John has helped me with a business succession plan and estate planning. His knowledge in these areas are very good, and his recommendations are on point.
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Posted by Chuck | June 25, 2020
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Elder Law
John helped our family navigate the complex and frustrating maze of the Medicaid approval process after my father had a stroke. There were extreme challenges we had to overcome. He also set up his Life Estate Trust. There were many unique challenges with this case too. He can be a little gruff at times but he does care about you and will do what he says he will do. I would recommend him.
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Posted by Colette | June 23, 2020
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Top Estate Planner
John McNair has been the best estate planning attorney that I’ve used over the past 25 years. Very knowledgeable and attentive to my needs. I will not use anyone else now. He more than met my expectations.
Posted by Rick | June 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
It has taken me 10 years worth of prodding by my financial advisor to finally put together an estate plan including several family trust situations. I was referred to Mr. McNair by a friend and he has completed the project with much much less pain than I anticipated! John worked extremely well with my financial guy and was very communicative and helpful at every step of the way. He's now my guy for all things under his area of expertise.
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Posted by Nan | June 23, 2020
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Elder estate handled well
Being an elder, we found John to be extremely knowledgeable about the best ways to handle our estate as we grow even older.
Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Elder law attorney
John McNair is an excellent attorney. I can’t thank him enough for the crucial and priceless advice he offered to me a year before taking my case. Upon following his advice I returned to him a year later to proceed with my case. I am very grateful to Mr. McNair for taking my case and resolving it to a favorable outcome.
Posted by Kay | June 25, 2020
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Ms. Kay Preddy
We contacted John after my husband died to consult with him about how to handle the estate. We soon learned that he had dealt with many similar cases and we hired him with confidence. He followed through step by step what needed to be done. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and thorough. I am happy to recommend him for your organization. Sincerely, Kay
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Posted by Stacy | June 24, 2020
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John McNair is extremely knowledgeable and well informed on current probate and estate tax law. He has been thorough and quick to respond on all of our questions regarding settling my fathers estate. We highly recommend him.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • McNair Dallas Law, P.C.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Underwood Perkins, P.C.
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Partner
  • Barnett McNair Hall, LLP
  • 1992 - 2015


  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1983
  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • Arkansas State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1978


  • Dallas Chapter of National Placement & Referral Alliance
  • Board Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Texas Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dallas Area Gerontological Society
  • Board Advisor
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • University of Texas 22nd Annual Estate Planning, Guardianship and Elder Law Conference
  • Estate Planning for Blended Families
  • 2020
  • Texas NAELA Summer Conference
  • Diminished Capacity: Potential Clients and Existing Clients
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Senectus Webinar Series
  • Aging in Place - Strategies for Staying Home
  • 2020
  • Senectus Webinar Series
  • Estate Planning Essentials During a Pandemic
  • 2020
  • Elder Law Boot Camp
  • Elder Law & Estate Planning for Social Workers and Other Healthcare Professionals
  • 2020
  • Conversation Ready NTX 2020 Kickoff
  • Advance Directives
  • 2020
  • Senior Expo - Bridging the Generations
  • Estate Planning for Long Term Care
  • 2019
  • Legal Q&A with John McNair
  • Veteran's Pension Qualification
  • 2019
  • Intentional Care: A Plan for Caregivers
  • Avoiding Guardianship & Advance Directives
  • 2019
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Elder law Attorney | Jul 06
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"I endorse this lawyer. John is an excellent elder law specialist."
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Dallas Elder law Lawyer John R. McNair
John R. McNair
Elder law Attorney
Dallas, TX
Licensed for 42 years
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