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GP Schoemakers, PLLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • Texas
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Legal Knowledge
5.0/5.0
Legal Analysis
5.0/5.0
Communication Skills
5.0/5.0
Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
David Minh Nguyen
David Minh Nguyen September 30, 2021
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
I have known Grace for several years. Since I have known her, she has not given me any reason to doubt her ability as an attorney. Grace is well liked and respected in the legal community. I have referred many clients to Grace and I will continue to do so. She has earned my trust.
Client Reviews
Carlos Bauer October 12, 2021
My best election for Probate! I really love to write this review for someone who helped me navigate a storm in my Life. I lost my Father in February 2021, I am the only child and was appointed as the Executor of his Estate, and needed to open Probate, I had no idea of what this meant, I just kept reading on google how hard and complicated process it is. I talked to 9 Attorneys who just made me more confused, until I finally found Grace, and in a second I knew we would work together. She helped me in everything, she made it easy to me and solved all my doubts and fears with this process. We got the Probate process done successfully, and today I appreciate her a lot, she is a very professional and amazing person. The fee we agreed on the first call was what I payed in the end, I really suggest that if you are reading this and need to open Probate for an Estate, give Grace your case, she will be your best choice. Gracias Grace =)
Jonathan A. October 10, 2021
Exceptional Service! Grace assisted our family with preparing some legal documents and advice recently. Before selecting her, I read all of her public reviews and all were very positive. I was able to set up a Zoom appointment with Grace very quickly and talk thru our scenario. We then scheduled an in-person follow up meeting at her office very soon thereafter. She is very personable and is able to communicate legal speak in clear layman’s terms. I highly recommend her as a go-to lawyer!
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Biography

With over 15 years of legal experience, Gratia goes to great lengths to ensure that every one of her clients, no matter the challenges they face, receives the compassion and respect they rightfully deserve. She is committed to personally guiding you through your legal journey, infusing it with her distinctive personal approach, empathy, and unwavering values.

Gratia has assisted numerous clients in crafting their Trusts & Estate Plans, adeptly represented them in both uncontested and contested Probate cases, and provided invaluable support in matters such as Divorce, Paternity, Visitation, Child Support, and Adoption cases. Furthermore, Gratia boasts extensive experience as a certified mediator, specializing in civil, probate, and family law disputes.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Probate
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Formation
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Same Sex Family Law
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Zoom
  • WhatsApp
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All major credit cards accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Most of our services are flat fees for non-contested cases, price is agreed in advance, so there are no surprises. All contested cases are hourly and require retainers.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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Languages
  • Dutch
  • English
Professional Experience
Founder/Attorney
GP Schoemakers, PLLC
- Current
Intern
Pfizer, Patent Department
Legal Intern
U.S District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Education
Washington University School of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law
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Washington University School of Law
LL.M. | IP & Technologies Law
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Washington University School of Law
LL.M. (2005) | Contracts and Business Law
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Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
Doctorate (2004) | Dutch & European Law
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Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
LL.M. (2004) | International Law and Legal Studies
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Awards
Excellent Rating
Avvo
Client Champion - SILVER
Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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State Bar of Texas
Member
Current
Activities: Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section; Business Law Section; Family Law Section
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Texas Bar College
Fellow
Current
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Bay Area Bar Association
Member
Current
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Collaborative Divorce Texas
Member
Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Is your Estate Plan Outdated?
Avvo Legal Guide
Do I need a business plan?
Avvo Legal Guide
What does a Business plan cover?
Avvo Legal Guide
What to keep in mind when choosing your legal entity...
Avvo Legal Guide
Speaking Engagements
Discover how to make sure you have the Greatest Form of Self Care Possible For Your Business, Business Entrepreneurs Networking
LIFT your business, GP SCHOEMAKERS, PLLC
Basic Estate Planning & Guardian, Parent Workshop
Certifications
Certified Mediator in Civil, Probate, and Family Law
Websites & Blogs
Website
Blog
GP Schoemakers, PLLC
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. How do I find if a decedent has a will.
A: To determine if a decedent has a will, there are several steps you can take. These steps combine legal procedures with practical measures to ensure a thorough search.

Check Personal Papers: Often, individuals keep important documents, including their will, in a safe place at home. This might be a filing cabinet, a home safe, or any secure location where the decedent might have stored important papers.

Consult with Family Members and Close Associates: Sometimes, decedents inform a family member, close friend, or associate about the existence and location of their will. It’s important to reach out to these individuals who might have been confided in.

Contact the Decedent’s Attorney: If the decedent had a regular attorney or a legal advisor, it’s a good idea to contact them. Often, wills are drafted by attorneys who might retain a copy or know where the original is stored.

Search Safe Deposit Boxes: If the decedent had a safe deposit box at a bank, it might contain the will. Accessing a safe deposit box after someone has passed away can involve certain legal procedures, which may vary by jurisdiction. Generally, you might need a court order or a certification proving your interest in the estate. In Texas, if you are not a signatory on the Safe Deposit Box, you will have to obtain a court order to open the Safe Deposit Box(es).

Check with Local Probate Court: It’s possible that the decedent filed their will with the local probate court for safekeeping. The procedures to search court records can vary, but many jurisdictions offer an online search tool or allow in-person record searches.

If, after these steps, an original will cannot be located, a copy of a will can be used as well. If there no original will nor a copy is found, the decedent may be considered to have died "intestate," meaning without a will. In such cases, the distribution of the decedent's assets will be handled according to state intestacy laws.
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GP Schoemakers, PLLC
1100 E. NASA PARKWAY
Suite 420J
HOUSTON, TX 77058
Telephone: (832) 408-0505
Fax: (832) 632-4949
Monday: 8 PM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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