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Life on a farm

by mattspahn on June 3, 2014


Aldo Leopold wrote in his book A Sand County Almanac , ‘There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm.  One is the danger of supposing breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other is that heat comes from the furnace.’

 My clients know that I am a self-described country boy.  Each day I commute in from Guadalupe County where we live on enough land to raise horses, cattle and pecans.  I was raised in the country and this land is such a blessing to me, now more than ever.  And as I mature (grow older!), it becomes more and more the place for me to pray and relax and work and be refreshed.  I want my wife and children to know the land.  I want to work alongside them, seeing and being a part of the circle of life.

 I bring that belief and passion to my practice.  Whether such sentiment is part of your philosophy or not, I’m honored to serve you.  My office should feel like a retreat for you.  We can slow down a little.  Visit.  Then build or rebuild your plan.  Call us today.

Photo credit:  Michael Long.  He captured this great shot of Josie, one of Matt’s American Quarter Horse mares, grazing with her foal, Smarty. And there’s Matt riding his half-Arabian mare, Arwen, in the background.

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A Memorial Day Thank You

by mattspahn on May 21, 2014


My office is located on the corner of Broadway and Funston. This is the juncture that the funerals proceed through on their way to Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.  Many days, we see three processions.  On Fridays there may be even more.  It is a reminder to me, and clients who happen to be sitting with me, of the great sacrifice made by our countrymen and women who have served so valiantly. As we approach this Memorial Day weekend, please allow us at the Spahn Law Firm to thank all our service members who have served in the past, or who may be currently serving.  Let’s remind all our fellow Americans to stop and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. We thank you and pray for God’s blessing on you and your family.

photo credit:  Garrett Heath

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An Honor to Serve

December 20, 2013

In my 22nd year, I’m as excited as ever about being your estate planning attorney.  Every new client gets the good news: there’s a better way to do things than what you’ve heard. We can avoid probate; we can plan strategically for taxes; we can protect and preserve your assets for generations. You can be […]

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From the edge of the cliff

January 4, 2013

I think it’s generally a bad idea to react in fear.  And, I don’t like legislation that results from congressionally-created crisis.  That being said, the so-called fiscal cliff has been navigated.  We have new tax laws. There are changes to taxable rates for income and capital gains, yes.  My focus, of course, is on the […]

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You need ICE

November 27, 2012

Do you have ICE on your cell phone?  No?  Don’t know what I mean by ICE?  I don’t mean really cold water.  I mean In Case of Emergency! If you are unconscious in your car or on your living room floor, first responders are trained to save your life and now, to find your cell […]

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“Super Will” to the rescue!

April 5, 2012

I’ve been asked by some financial professionals why property would need to be styled in some way other than just in an individual’s name.   There are a couple of reasons.  Perhaps not all apply to you, but consider the following. You have a will.  That’s nice.  Wills transfer property after people die but wills must […]

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Spahn Law Firm Gifts Combat-wounded Veteran and Family

January 24, 2012

1/23/12 San Antonio, Texas: The Spahn Law Firm of San Antonio is honored to recognize the sacrifices of native Texan Army veteran SSgt. Shilo Harris and his family. Harris was a combat Army Cavalry veteran on his second deployment, attached to the 10th Mountain Division, I-89th Cavalry in Iraq in 2007. Severely wounded when the […]

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A Real Christmas Tree

December 15, 2011

It’s that time of year again:  time to put up the Christmas tree.  We recently did that at the office.  We went out and picked up a pre-lit artificial tree.  As I stared at the box and contemplated assembling it (while everyone else at the office did the “real” work), I had mixed feelings.  The […]

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“What’s up, Doc?”

August 4, 2011

Often after presentations, attendees exclaim to me their surprise at my passion for the subject of estate planning. They say, “Wow, Matt. You really love talking about wills and trusts and powers of attorney!” Yeah, I do. I love talking about it and doing it. My clients and I share a really good feeling after […]

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We Don’t Need No Stinking Bypass Trusts Anymore. Do We? (Part Two)

April 4, 2011

To preserve your estate tax lifetime exclusion, your good attorney put in your will (or your living revocable trust) a bypass trust.  Might have called it credit shelter trust, might have called it the family trust, regardless, if drafted right, it followed the internal revenue code and could receive your lifetime exclusion upon your death.  […]

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