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Laura D. Heard

Family Attorney at San Antonio, TX

4.3   12 reviews

also known as Laura D. Heard Law Firm Inc., The LDH Law Firm Inc.

  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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

About Laura

Learn Laura’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%

    37 years

  2. Probate
    40%
    Including estate planning, guardianships, probate estate administration with and without wills, and trusts

    37 years

  3. Wills and living wills
    10%

    37 years

My entire legal career has been based in San Antonio, Texas, where I am a lifelong resident. From San Antonio, I have been privileged to represent clients in courts all across the State of Texas. I graduated in the top 10% of my law school class and have been practicing law for more than 35 years in Texas. I graduated "with Honors" from Baylor University and "with Distinction" from St. Mary's Law School in San Antonio. I was a briefing attorney for the 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio, and I was twice named as one of the top appellate lawyers and a top Family Lawyer in "Scene in San Antonio" magazine. I am a strong advocate for children, and have represented children for 21 years in cases involving child protective services. I participated twice in a 20-mile walk to help prevent child abuse. I also represent many elderly people in wills, guardianships, probate and estate planning. Most of all, I am diligent to provide excellent legal advice. My motto is "Justice Flows from Truth, Compassion, Wisdom, and Persistence."(tm)  I work hard to provide compassionate, efficient service to all my clients, always working within the bounds of the law. I am a published author, speaker, mediator, and small business owner. I am also a mother, a grandmother, a pet owner, an avid Spurs basketball and Baylor Bear football fan. My book available on Amazon is entitled "Divorce and Estate Planning in Texas: How to Plan Ahead for the Unexpected and Save Your Family's Future."

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Location

Laura D. Heard Law Firm Inc.
14607 San Pedro Ave #205
San Antonio, TX, 78232

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Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Freddy | June 11, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome people
Amazing people here.. thank you and Robert and Noemi… you were so helpful with my will.
Posted by Juanita Dehoyos | May 20, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very friendly firm
I would love to share that the attorney, Robert and office manager, Noemi, were so nice through the entire process. They both made me feel part of a family.
Posted by Ernesto Fernandez | November 22, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank You Laura Heard For Saving My Daughter's Life
Laura, Your legal representation saved my daughter's life. Six months after you represented my daughter's best interest to change custody from her mother to me her father, my daughter Victoria was struck with life threatening appendicitis. Because of the change of custody, she was able to get emergency surgery on time. If she had been under the custody of her mother, the emergency condition would have been dismissed and neglected. You saved my daughter's life! I am forever grateful.
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Response from Laura Heard October 19, 2023
Ernesto, many fathers think it is impossible for fathers to gain custody of their children, especially of their daughters, but I and the attorneys who work for me have been successful in winning custody for fathers many times. Our concern is always for the best interest of the child. I am so very glad that your daughter was safe with you. Your review means more than words can say. Thank you for taking the time to tell others about your experience.
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Posted by Donna | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confident, Kind consultation and customer care
Ms. Laura Heard handled two separate matters for my family. I was impressed with Ms. Heard's ability to gently help me with my strong emotions and give me sound legal advice and deliver documents on time.
Response from Laura Heard November 1, 2022
Thank you, Donna. Many of my clients are understandably dealing with strong emotions because of the events that brought them to me for help. I am glad I was able to help you and other members of your family.
Posted by Liz | July 27, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
MS. Liz
Laura advised and helped us get our paperwork in order. She is very knowledgeable and always willing to help. I would highly recommend her.
Response from Laura Heard November 1, 2022
Your review made my day. Thank you, Liz. I am always happy to help people with legal documents and estate planning.
Posted by BERNARDO BERNAL | March 29, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I made an excellent choice. Mrs. Heard is professional, reliable, well organized, friendly, courteous, and effective.
I hired Mrs. Heard as my attorney and she and her legal assistant Ms. Johnson made my lawsuit effortless. They finalized it rapidly. They responded to my calls and e-mails immediately. I would recommend Mrs. Heard to anyone.
Response from Laura Heard April 7, 2017
Thank you! It is so nice to know that you were pleased with me and my staff. The reason we were able to finalize your divorce quickly is because whenever we asked you for a signature or document, you responded immediately. I wish you all the best in your every future endeavor.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Christian values
I thought I only needed a guide to help me through a child support hearing when I hired Laura. Little did I know of the roller coaster ride ahead. I was grateful for her kindness and guiding hand through each step of the process. I went in to the courthouse each time knowing what to expect and what I needed to do. Through several resets, a temporary orders hearing, and the children's father deciding he wanted to have full custody so child support would no longer be an issue, Laura was by my side. She was always patient and I knew that her Christian values lined up with my own and helped to make decisions about what was best and not just what was easy or what got the most money. In the end, I received more than I had expected (including attorney's fees paid by the father), and I felt good about the process. I was not ashamed of what I had just been through, as I thought I might be, but I felt vindicated, like I had not been asking too much, but received exactly what God had intended. I have recommended her several times over and am grateful to have had this experience.
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Response from Laura Heard November 1, 2022
Your sweet attitude and earnest desire to please God made serving you a pleasure. I am so glad your case turned out well, and that you understood resets and court delays were beyond my control. Thank you for this review and for the several clients you have referred to me. Referrals and positive reviews are essential to keeping my business open so that we can serve others.
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Posted by Jon | December 5, 2014
Jon and Janet.
Laura Heard is extremely intelligent and coupled with a straight-forward demeanor is able to cut thru a lot of -- without not only not offending the other party but earns their respect which results in very favorable outcomes for me and 2 other clients I spoke with
Response from Laura Heard December 16, 2014
Jon & Janet, I appreciate your kind words! I pride myself earning the other parties' respect so that the outcome is favorable for all involved whenever possible, and I do my best to be efficient. Thank you again.
Posted by anonymous | December 4, 2014
My Review
Laura and her team helped me settle the estate of my mother. She was available and did an excellent job for me. Laura and team are professional but friendly and made me feel confident and in safe hands.
Response from Laura Heard November 1, 2022
The affirmation in your review inspires me. I am grateful that you took the time to leave this comment. I strive to make all my clients feel safe and protected while I advocate for their best interests. Probate Court can be intimidating due to several reasons such as the strange terminology and the lack of customer assistance at the courthouse. My familiarity with the process comes after 35 years of practice and I am happy to help.
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Posted by Diane | December 4, 2014
Family Law
Attorney Laura Heard helped me and my husband with estate issues. Laura met with us at our convenience. She filed the necessary papers for us at the courthouse and kept us informed as she completed legal issues on our behalf. I highly recommend Laura in the area of wills, estate issues, and family affairs. She is honest, forthright, and has a gentle manner about her.
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Response from Laura Heard December 4, 2014
Thank you, Diane! I make it a point to keep my clients informed about every aspect of their case, and I am pleased that you were happy with the services I provided.
Posted by anonymous | December 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lazy, incompetent
Should have been a quick and easy divorce but she was horrible in getting things done and made errors
Response from Laura Heard November 1, 2022
I do not know who "anonymous" is, but please call my office so I can fix or explain. It is difficult to know from your comment what went wrong. I don't get many negative reviews but when I do, I sometimes find that it is actually the opposing party to the divorce who isn't happy because I represented their ex-spouse pretty well. I am at my office 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, unless I'm at the courthouse, at a continuing education seminar, or making a house call for a client who is homebound, so I assure you that I am not lazy, plus I have a full staff. If I or someone on my staff failed you in some way, I would sure like to apologize to you in person. Could it be that your ex-spouse would not cooperate and the reason it wasn't "quick and easy" was because of what they did? There are many factors beyond my control. In December 2019, the world was beginning to notice COVID, and in fact, I had two staff members in the hospital on respirators a month later. We are back to full force and ready to help you if we only knew who left this review.
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Posted by anonymous | February 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointment.
After my consultation with Laura I decided to hire her to help me with my childs custody case. I was unable to get ahold of her the majority of the time, and when I did visit with her I felt like she was numb to my situation, almost like I was talking to a wall. She never showed any compassion or sympathy and would only answer my questions, I always left feeling helpless. After spending $3000 and accomplishing nothing I decided to seek legal help else where and I am so glad I did.
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Response from Laura Heard April 13, 2016
In 2015 my office had an unusual year. I moved the office for the first time in 15 years and shortly after settling into the new place, it flooded. Due to flooding, my office moved three times in 2015. I feel terrible that someone thought I was unsympathetic to their custody battle, and my only explanation is that the circumstances of that year had me preoccupied or exhausted. I am glad that the person who wrote this also stated I answered their questions, so they cannot truly say that nothing was accomplished if I spent time answering their questions. I am sorry that I could not meet their emotional needs. Sometimes I have to tell people things that they don’t want to hear. Sometimes the law does not afford the remedy that people would like to have. Many of my clients have said that they appreciate my attentiveness, caring, and calmness. In this one instance, someone was able to find another attorney that they liked better. I truly wish that I could please everyone, but that is just not always possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 100-500 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/Owner
  • The L.D.Heard Law Firm Inc.
  • 1992 - Present
  • MEDIATOR, Family Law Certified
  • L.D.Heard Law Firm Inc.
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • 1996 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • Soules and Wallace
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Briefing Attorney
  • 4th Court of Appeals, San Antonio
  • 1987 - 1988
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Education

  • St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Baylor University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Blackthorne v. Blackthorne
  • TDPRS v. McFarland
  • McFarland children were adopted

Associations

  • San Antonio Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Women Lawyers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1987 - 1988
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Family Law Attorneys in Texas (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2022
  • Superb Rating in Family Law and Probate
  • AVVO
  • 2022
  • A+ Accredited Business (2018 thru 2022)
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2022
  • Top Family Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Outstanding Lawyer in San Antonio
  • San Antonio Business Journal
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • San Antonio Best Lawyers
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2006
  • American Jurisprudence Awards,Domestic Relations
  • 1986
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Agency and Partnership Law
  • 1986
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Publications

  • Book (232 pages) by Laura D. Heard
  • Divorce and Estate Planning in Texas - How to Plan Ahead for the Unexpected and Save Your Family's Future, by Laura D. Heard
  • 2022
  • NBI seminar, Probate: Beyond the Basics
  • “Ethical Issues in Probate Practice: Establishing and Following Ethical Best Practices,” by Laura D. Heard
  • 2007
  • NBI seminar, Building Your Civil Trial Skills
  • “How to Handle Post-Trial Issues,” by Laura D. Heard,
  • 2006
  • Docket Call in Civil Court, CLE seminar at St. Mary’s School of Law
  • Co-author: Discovery by the Book, by Luther H. Soules III and Laura D. Heard
  • 1991
  • 29 SO. TEX. LAW REVIEW 413
  • Acknowledged in: "The Will Execution Ceremony – History, Significance, and Strategies," by Gerry W. Beyer, with acknowledgment for assistance to Laura D. Heard
  • 1988
  • West’s Texas Forms, Probate and Administration of Estates, vol. 12A, by Leopold and Beyer (West Publishing Co.)
  • Acknowledged for research in: West’s Texas Forms, Probate and Administration of Estates, vol. 12A, by Leopold and Beyer; acknowledgment at page v.
  • 1987
  • Texas Wills and Estates, Cases and Materials, by Gerry W. Beyer. (Butterworth Legal Publishers)
  • Acknowledged for research in:Texas Wills and Estates, Cases and Materials, by Gerry W. Beyer; acknowledgment at page vii.
  • 1987
  • 17 ST. MARY’S LAW JOURNAL 927
  • A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die: Alternative Reproduction and Texas Probate Law, by Laura D. Heard
  • 1986
  • 18 St. Mary’s Law Journal 661
  • Education –House Bill 72 – Teacher Competency Testing Is a Valid Exercise of State Legislative Police Power, Recent Development: Texas State Teacher’s Ass’n v. State, 711 S.W.2d 421 (Tex. App.–Austin 1986, no writ),
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • People's Law School - San Antonio Bar
  • Consumer Law
  • 1995

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (24)
Endorse Laura
Child custody Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is a good lawyer, and she has good common sense."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
San Antonio Family Lawyer Laura D. Heard
Laura D. Heard
Family Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 36 years