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David Michael Butterbaugh

Probate Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   60 reviews

Licensed for 20 years

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About David

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David is licensed to practice in Texas and Florida.  His practice areas include:

  • Estate Planning Law

  • Probate Law

  • Guardianship Law

  • Business Law

  • Real Estate Law

David belongs to several organizations, currently or in the past, including the San Antonio Estate Planners Council, the Planned Giving Council of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Christian Business Chamber of Commerce.  He has been Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2010.  Only ten percent of all attorneys in Texas are Board Certified in any practice area, and fewer than one percent are Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law.  Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment.  Board Certified lawyers are the only attorneys allowed by the State Bar of Texas to publicly represent themselves as a specialist in a select area of the law.  For more information on the value of working with a Board Certified attorney, visit the Texas Board of Legal Specialization website at www.tbls.org.

Mr. Butterbaugh serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army San Antonio Area Command and has chaired its Programs Committee.   He also has served as an Elder at Grace Community Church of San Antonio (www.gccsatx.com).   He is married to Adela and has been blessed by God with three wonderful children.

Licensed for 20 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/23/2022
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact David

Law Office of David M. Butterbaugh, P.C.
Brackenridge Plaza
3308 Broadway, Suite 303
San Antonio, TX, 78209

Reviews

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Posted by Jean & Lee C. | June 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend for estate planning
The task of preparing essential estate planning documents for both financial and medical needs seemed daunting initially. After interviewing several attorneys, all board certified in estate planning, we chose David Butterbaugh to help us navigate this unfamiliar territory. He was both approachable and empathetic in addressing our every concern. We are very pleased with David’s work on our behalf. His knowledge, attention to detail, and ability to communicate effectively were a winning combination in earning our trust and confidence. David was able to thoroughly explain the legal language in terms we could easily understand. He responded quickly to our questions both before and after the final signing of our documents. We are confident in David’s work for us, and the peace of mind we gained by having these documents in place is immeasurable.
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Response from David Butterbaugh June 14, 2022
Jean, thank you for your comments. It was my pleasure to assist you and Lee with your estate planning needs. Feel free to contact me again if I can be of further service to you.
Posted by Shirl | May 18, 2022
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Highly Recommended
I was overwhelmed with legalities associated with my recent husband's death. Mr. Butterbaugh's immediate response time and attention put me at ease. It was one less worry to know that I had a professional so familiar with the laws and regulations representing me. I highly recommend his services.
Response from David Butterbaugh June 14, 2022
Thank you, Shirl, for your kind review. I enjoyed helping you with your husband's estate. Let me know if I can assist you with anything else in the future.
Posted by Shannon | February 23, 2022
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Grateful
We had a really positive experience with David Butterbaugh. With a short timeline, we needed an attorney who could help us negotiate and prepare several documents, including a premarital agreement and a trust, and someone who could be a capable intermediary and advocate for us in negotiations and refining these documents. We found David to be more than capable of doing so. In addition, we found David to be easy and pleasant to work with. He was accommodating with our schedules and needs, which we appreciated. He was generally available and accessible via phone and email, which we appreciates. He made it a point to understand our perspective on matters and to work within the parameters we requested. Our final bill ended up being more than expected, but we also knew that David was putting in more hours than initially expected on our work. Overall, we were delighted with David. ... We found David through an internet search and then an interview or introductory conversation. We are glad we found him and would definitely recommend him to others. In fact, we hope to work with David in the future in updating a will and in future estate planning.
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Response from David Butterbaugh March 1, 2022
Thanks Shannon for the thoughtful review. It was my pleasure to assist you and your mother with this. I look forward to also assisting her with her estate planning soon.
Posted by Zenata | December 20, 2020
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Zenata Pierre, retired librarian
I am a recent Texas resident and needed an estate attorney to adjust my Trust to comply with Texas laws. Attorney Butterbaugh was recommended to me by my sister-in-law. I found him to be a very gracious person. His price was reasonable. He was very efficient and the work he did for me was excellent and done in a timely manner. I highly recommend him. He listens and assists you in setting the goals that best meet your objectives.
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Response from David Butterbaugh December 23, 2020
Zenata, Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It was a pleasure assisting you with your estate planning. If I can be of any other service to you, do not hesitate to contact me.
Posted by Marisol | June 25, 2020
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Thorough and flexible
I worked with Mr. Butterbaugh who wrote the last will and testaments for my parents. We appreciated his flexibility and knowledge and both my parents and I were very satisfied with his work.
Posted by Andrew | June 10, 2020
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Establish a Trust
I certainly feel fortunate that I found David. I had some very specific needs, including property in more than one state. David was uniquely qualified with experience in both states, but all his ratings I was reading left me with the confidence this was the lawyer for me. We started our relationship about the time Covid went into full swing, so we accomplished most of our business virtually, until signatures/notary was needed. David was always well prepared and the initial documentation I filled out, prompted me to be thorough and make decisions which cover more scenarios that I had expected. I also was hoping to expedite the activity, and David did his best to support my needs while he supported his other clients/activity. I would absolutely recommend David as a laywer to anyone in need. He is a wealth of knowledge and there was not a solution he didn't have for any of my complicated needs. Very well done indeed.
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Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2020
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Teacher
The most difficult issues to talk about and plan are your Wills and decision about where and who will take care of you as you age. David made us both feel comfortable and had the patience to explain each question more than once to us. Thank you for making this a rewarding experience.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2020
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Estate planning
Throughul job. Went above and beyond on offering services to ensure our last will and testimony was clearly stated. Felt comfortable
Posted by Charles | February 12, 2020
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Probate Will
Mr. Butterbaugh had all paperwork in order. All I had to do was to accompany him to Court and answer a few questions concerning my mother. There was a glitch at first, nothing Mr. Butterbaugh had done, but he rapidly resolved the issue.
Posted by Pam | December 12, 2019
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Excellent, personal counsel
I hired David to be my personal lawyer, as my husband passed away earlier this year and I needed to update my will and trust for my daughters, plus I had to go through probate because my husband and I bought property last December, and now I need to sell it. He came highly recommended by friends in my church.
Posted by Allen | November 13, 2019
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Luksa estate
My father passed away March 28. I called David because he had written their wills in 2010. I had a couple of phone calls with David on what I needed to do with the estate. David was really nice helping me and did not charge me anything on helping me with my dads passing. My mother passed in late June. We had to go to probate with a copy of the will, do not know where the original ended up. Davis was very patient with me and really helped me through the tough times. I am an only child he and really did his very best on guiding me the the transfer of the estate.
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Posted by Eugene | November 9, 2019
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David Butterbaugh
Mr Butterbaugh was recommended by a couple, one of whom is a lawyer. He completed rather complex estate planning for them. My uncle and his wife needed a will and various POAs. Mr Butterbaugh was very thorough and professional. He produced 14 documents for them to sign, some of which I would not have known were necessary. I am very pleased with Mr Butterbaugh's work.
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Posted by George | October 19, 2019
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Knowledgeable Professional
My wife and I had routine need to update our wills, various powers of attorney and a methodology to pass our residence, one to the other upon death. We contacted David who was prompt, prepared and created the new documents ready - for review and signature on our second visit.
Posted by Stephen | October 9, 2019
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Professional, Knowledgeable, Friendly - Top-Notch
David worked with my mother, my wife, and me to set up wills and various powers of attorney. He also worked with my mother to address issues with her estate as she had not probated my father's will. David was very knowledgeable and very pleasant to work with. He did an excellent job explaining everything in ways we could understand. Great communication and very responsive.
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Posted by Richard | August 30, 2019
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Helpful and Responsive
We reached out to David to help us get an interstate real estate transaction handled. He was always responsive and clearly knew how to help us. It made our transaction smooth and gave us the confidence to see it through. Thanks David
Posted by Bob | July 18, 2019
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Estate Planning
Used David for estate planning and he was superb. He communicated clearly what was required to protect our family's assets and the steps needed to be taken along this journey. He delivered everything required as promised and we are extremely pleased with David and his work.
Posted by Carol | May 14, 2019
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Finally, someone who really cared!
When our daughter had been sent from one health care facility to another because her husband never planned to take her home, a judge finally saw through the "mess" and admonished all attorneys involved to make it work and let this young woman leave Texas with her parents; it's what she wants to do! The judge referred us to Attorney David Butterbaugh, who happened to be licensed in Texas and in the other state, and he cared enough to make it all work out. Moreover, he was helpful when it came to tying up loose ends once the move was made. A very caring person, an outstanding professional, and an exceptional Christian human being. We are eternally grateful to him and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2019
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Wills with Special Needs Trust
We had contacted David ten years ago about providing for our disabled daughter via a Special Needs Trust, and found him to be personable and competent at that time. Our situation changed over the past decade - our other daughter became an adult, our alternate Guardians/Executors/Trustees changed, and I retired from full-time employment, so we thought it best to update our Wills and trusts. We contacted David again, and he volunteered to meet with us at a convenient time. He still doesn't have a private office where clients meet with him - he shares a building and front desk staff with many other professionals (some attorneys, some not) and meets with clients in a shared conference room, just as he did ten years ago - but the arrangement works acceptably, and I certainly understand the need to keep overhead low. He remains personable and provided us with true expertise. When I wanted to do away with the trust we had created in 2009 for my non-disabled daughter because she was no longer a minor in 2019, he brought up some excellent points about why it might better protect her interests to continue the trust for her despite the fact that she was now an adult. We sincerely appreciated his wisdom. He kept the lines of communication open during the process, using a "client portal" communication platform, and uploaded the documents through that platform with little delay. We had a chance to review and make further suggestions prior to signing the originals, and once signed, he sent the originals to us in a matter of days. He also scanned them and sent them to us so we would have electronic copies of our Wills and POAs, instead of making old-school hard copies. All in all, we had a very positive (second) experience with David, and would retain him again if and when we again need to update our Wills.
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Posted by Marc | March 9, 2019
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Excellent Attorney.
David has help my family with the probate of my mothers estate as well as my will. He took the time to review options in both situations and give me peace of mind in my estate planning. Trust David's expertise to navigate this important aspect of life planning.
Posted by Ray | February 24, 2019
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Living Will
David Butterbaugh drafted up wills for my mother and I. He was very friendly, caring and professional in explaining the will process to us. David took the time to explain the legal terms so we could make the best choices for us. In closing, I will say thanks for assisting us in very important task and making it so easy.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Plunkett & Griesenbeck, Inc.
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Gardner Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Owner
  • Law Office of David M. Butterbaugh
  • 2006 - 2010
  • Trust & Estates Attorney
  • Ruden McClosky
  • 2004 - 2005
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Education

  • Nova Southeastern University
  • 2001
  • Cornell University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1985

Associations

  • Planned Giving Council of San Antonio
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • The Salvation Army San Antonio Area Command
  • Member, Advisory Board
  • 2009 - Present
  • San Antonio Estate Planners Council
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • Best S.A. Lawyers 2016 - Estate Planning & Trusts
  • San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best S.A. Lawyers 2016 - Probate
  • San Antonio Scene Magazine
  • 2016
  • Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (2)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is an esteemed colleague, who is respected in the profession for his precise work product, wisdom, experience and ethical standards. I refer David estate planning and probate matters, based on referral satisfaction. Every referred client to David, shares with me positive, enthusiastic and consistent feedback. Namely, David treats his clients as if they were his friends and/or family members, who require learned, zealous and expert management of their estate planning and probate needs. Also, David's clients appreciate his personal attention to and regard for their complex issues and family dynamics, which often demand additional time, patience and consideration. He is skilled at aggressively pursuing relief for clients, as well as at communicating in a clear and concise manner. Thus, David's clients are not only aware of their rights and duties, but are confident they are managed by a profoundly talented, resourceful and thorough estate planning and probate lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with David an many matters over the last several years and I have always found him to be a capable, knowledgeable and caring attorney who holds himself to the highest degree of professionalism in the field of estate planning. For these reasons I endorse David as an estate planning attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known David for a number of years. He is on a short list of lawyers that I would trust to send my family too. He is smart, professional, and truly values people. I am happy to endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is a well respected member of the San Antonio legal community. He is Board Certified and licensed in Texas and Florida. David is an attorney of high moral character. I recommend this attorney."
Probate Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Other
"I endorse David Butterbaugh. He is very bright, impeccably honest and generous with his time and spirit."
Probate Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David Butterbaugh brings his intellect and problem-solving abilities to his clients' situations on the estate planning side and also during the probate process. He is board certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His dual licensure in Texas and Florida also assist people with property in both jurisdictions."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an excellent attorney and I am happy to endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is one of the most dedicated, skilled, knowledgeable, and caring lawyers I have ever had the honor of knowing. I am proud to endorse this David. He is the go-to guy on probate matters."
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