Serving Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa & Brevard Counties
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Lisa Jo Spencer

Phone: (850) 226-4998
Fax: (850) 226-4981

Florida probate attorney Lisa Jo Spencer has been drawn to the law for most of her life. Unlike attorneys who come to the profession because they enjoy sparring, Lisa Jo chose to become an attorney because of her love of helping others.

The desire to serve has continued to be a driving force in Lisa Jo's career. After graduating from Stetson University College of Law in 1993, Lisa Jo served on active duty in the United States Air Force as part of the Judge Advocate General's Corps. After five years of active duty, she worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit in Okaloosa County, Florida, prosecuting crimes against children. In addition, she remained in the Air Force Reserve until 2005, having attained the rank of Major.

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In 2015 Lisa Jo Spencer (middle left) was inducted into the Okaloosa County Women's Hall of Fame, receiving the Humanitarian Award from the Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women.

Following her tenure as an Assistant State Attorney,  Lisa Jo first worked as an associate in a local law firm for a year, then co-founded another firm with some colleagues, devoting her practice to probate work, guardianships, and fiduciary and trust litigation. These practice areas allowed her to focus her attention on supporting families through a challenging and potentially divisive time in their lives. Clients and colleagues agree that Lisa Jo is well suited to this work, noting that one of her strengths is helping families deal with the tension of a legal crisis in a productive way. 

In 2013, Lisa Jo made the decision to step out on her own and founded the law office of Lisa Jo Spencer, P.A., where she continues to work with individuals and families in need of estate planningprobate and trust administrationfiduciary litigation, and business litigation. 

Lisa Jo and her husband Gary have been married for nearly 30 years and have one son who lives with his family in Brevard County. After the birth of Lisa Jo’s granddaughter, Lisa Jo expanded her practice to include Brevard County to spend more time with her family. In her spare time, Lisa Jo enjoys boating, spending time at the beach, and relaxing with family and friends. She is also active in a number of civic and community organizations, including those that advocate for veterans and those that support citizens with cognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.

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Practice Areas

  • Probate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate Litigation
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Guardianship
  • Estate Planning

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law,  J.D., 1993
  • Milligan College, B.S., 1984

Admission to Practice

  • Florida, 1994

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Florida Bar Association (past chair, local Unlicensed Practice of Law committee)
  • Okaloosa Bar Association
  • Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce (2011 chair)
  • American Business Women's Association, Emerald Coast Chapter (past president and 2009 Woman of the Year)
  • Board of Community Solutions of the Emerald Coast (board member, founding member)
  • The Arc of the Emerald Coast  (board member)
  • Opportunity, Inc.
  • Okaloosa County Commission on the Status of Women (past member)
  • Crossroads Center Medical Clinic (past board member)
  • Fort Walton Beach Medical Center (past Board of Trustees member)
  • Canvassing Board, Okaloosa County (2008 elections)
  • Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame (2015 Inductee)
  • IMPACT 100 of the Emerald Coast (board member)

We invite you to contact our office near Fort Walton Beach at (850) 226-4998 to schedule a consultation with Lisa Jo Spencer.