Free Consultation: (832) 408-0505
Offers Video Conferencing
Tap to Call This Lawyer

Gratia "Grace" P. Schoemakers Justia Connect Pro Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›

GP Schoemakers, PLLC
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Arbitration & Mediation ...
  • Texas
Review This Lawyer
Lawyer Rating and Reviews
Legal Knowledge
Legal Analysis
Communication Skills
Ethics and Professionalism
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!
Claimed Lawyer ProfileOffers Video ConferencingQ&ALII GoldSocial MediaResponsive Law

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 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
  • 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
Placeholder image for jurisdictions.
  • Dutch
  • English
Professional Experience
GP Schoemakers, PLLC
- Current
Pfizer, Patent Department
Legal Intern
U.S District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Washington University School of Law
J.D. (2008) | Law
Washington University School of Law Logo
Washington University School of Law
LL.M. | IP & Technologies Law
Washington University School of Law Logo
Washington University School of Law
LL.M. (2005) | Contracts and Business Law
Washington University School of Law Logo
Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
Doctorate (2004) | Dutch & European Law
Placeholder image for education.
Maastricht University, Faculty of Law
LL.M. (2004) | International Law and Legal Studies
Placeholder image for education.
Excellent Rating
Client Champion - SILVER
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Placeholder image for professional associations.
State Bar of Texas
Activities: Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section; Business Law Section; Family Law Section
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Texas Bar College
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Bay Area Bar Association
Placeholder image for professional associations.
Collaborative Divorce Texas
Placeholder image for professional associations.
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
Basic Estate Planning & Guardian, Parent Workshop
Certified Mediator in Civil, Probate, and Family Law
Websites & Blogs
GP Schoemakers, PLLC
Legal Answers
8 Questions Answered
Q. When writing to companies about late husbands benefits can this just be ignored?
A: Without knowing the situation, it is possible the accounts had a Beneficiary designation on there that was NOT you.

If the money went to someone else, you have no right to know about this, as you are not the beneficiary.

If the accounts had no beneficiary, then you should go through probate and get Letters Testamentary (if there is a will), or Letters of Administration (if there is no will).

Just because someone is refusing to talk to you, doesn't mean that something fishy is going on, or that you have the right to the information.
Q. Do I need to set up a separate bank account for a living revokable trust?
A: It is unclear what you mean with "separate account." For a trust to be property funded (i.e. all assets are moved into the trust name), a trust will need to have a bank account in the trust name.

So presuming you mean "separate account" from your "personal account", then YES. If assets are not funded into the trust, the trustee has no power/"management rights" over those accounts.
Q. Is the purchase of a property protected in Texas during a marriage if the source of the funds from inheritance?
A: In Texas, property acquired during a marriage is typically considered community property and is subject to division upon divorce. However, there are exceptions to this general rule, particularly concerning inheritance.

If one spouse receives an inheritance, those funds are generally considered separate property, not community property. This means that the inheritance belongs solely to the spouse who received it, regardless of whether they were married at the time they inherited the funds.

If the inheritance is kept separate and not comingled with community property, it remains separate property. This distinction is crucial in cases of divorce. However, if the inherited funds are mixed with community funds (for example, by being deposited into a joint bank account) or used to purchase assets held in both spouses' names, those funds or assets might be considered at least partly community property.

In your scenario, if the husband used his inheritance to purchase property and kept the title to that property in his name alone without commingling the funds with community assets, the property is likely to be considered his separate property in the divorce. However, this can vary based on specific circumstances, such as improvements made to the property with community funds or contributions by the non-inheriting spouse that increased the value of the property.

Even if the house is considered community assets, there could be an offset in the calculation of the division of assets.

It's advisable to consult with a legal professional who specializes in family law in Texas to get specific guidance based on the full details of the situation.
... Read More
View More Answers
Contact & Map
GP Schoemakers, PLLC
Suite 420J
Telephone: (832) 408-0505
Fax: (832) 632-4949
Monday: 8 PM - 6 PM (Today)
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Toggle tool

There are no recently viewed profiles.

There are no saved profiles.

There are no profiles to compare.