Polly Spenser

Polly Spenser

Polly Spenser

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Show Date: February 20th, 2019

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Hon Polly Jackson Spenser, JD
Senior Statutory Probate Judge


  • B.A. in History, Duke University, January 1970
  • J.D. with Distinction, St. Mary’s University School of Law, December 1976


  • Judge, Probate Court No. 1 of Bexar County July 16, 1990 – December 31, 2014
  • Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor- St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • Visiting Judge Sitting by Assignment/Mediator, January 1, 2015 to present


  • Active Life Member Phi Delta Phi
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association-Real Estate, Probate & Trust and Tax Sections, State Bar of Texas-Real Estate, Probate & Trust, Health Law, Mediation, and Tax Sections, San Antonio Bar Association-Litigation, Health Law and Elder Law Sections, San Antonio Estate Planner’s Council, Inns of Court


  • Member, Supreme Court Task Force on Judicial Appointments, State of Texas 1993
  • Former Chair, Bexar County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Advisory Committee
  • Member, Substance Abuse Steering Committee for Bexar County, 1999
    Member, Policy Maker Task Force for the Integration of Behavioral Health Care in Bexar County, 1998
  • Member, University Health System Tobacco Advisory Committee, 1998
    Former Chair, Bexar County Jail Diversion Task Force
  • Member, Texas Judicial Council: Chair, Sub-Committee on Remote Access to Court Records;
  • Member, Sub-Committee on Juvenile Justice; Chair, Sub-Committee on Elders; Member, Sub-Committee on Mental Health
  • Former Chair, Bexar County Frequent 911 Callers
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas Pattern Jury Charge Committee-Probate
    Member, Judicial Branch Certification Commission
  • Chair, Supreme Court of Texas Probate Forms Task Force
  • Editor, Bench Book Probate Chapter
  • Member, Judicial Commission on Mental Health


  • Recipient, 2005 Pinnacle of Achievement Award, Bexar County Family & Consumer Support Conference
  • Recipient, 2009 Charley H. Shannon Advocate of Justice Award, NAMI Texas
  • Recipient, 2010 St. Mary’s University School of Law Distinguished Graduate Award
  • Recipient, 2012 Avance Mother of the Year Award
  • Recipient, 2012 John Byrd Community Service Award, Chrysalis Ministries
  • Recipient, 2013 San Antonio Young Lawyers Association Honorary Young Lawyer of the Year Award
  • Recipient, 2014 Catholic Charities Lifetime of Faith and Service Award
  • Recipient, 2014 Arc of San Antonio Hartman Humanitarian Award
  • Recipient, 2014 NAMI San Antonio Visionary Award
  • Recipient, 2015 Hidalgo de San Antonio de Bejar
  • Recipient, 2015 Frank M. Adams Award, Texas Council of Community Centers
  • Recipient, 2016 San Antonio Academy Col. W. T. Bondurant, Sr. Distinguished Humanitarian Award
  • Inductee, 2017 San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Recipient, 2018 Irving Ratner Award, The Patient Institute


  • Member, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
  • Member and Former Director 2016/2017, 2017/2018 The Rotary Club of San Antonio
  • Board Member, Trinity University Board of Visitors, Deaf Education and Hearing Science Council, San Antonio Chamber Music Society, Morningside Ministries, Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio Academy


Frequent speaker at various bar association and other professional and non-professional organizations on matters related to probate, estate planning, guardianships, and mental health.


Husband – George H. Spencer, Jr., Attorney at Law

Four Adult Children, One Grandson

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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