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Gretchen A. Benolken

Estate planning Attorney at Frisco, TX

5.0   7 reviews

Licensed for 37 years

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Gretchen Benolken is a Texas attorney whose career spans more than three decades and several practice areas, and who undertakes each matter with intensity, ethics, and integrity. Her forte is precision in drafting legal documents to best protect her clients and help them avoid potential pitfalls and disputes. As a certified mediator, Gretchen finds personal fulfillment assisting clients in resolving disputes, rather than litigating them. For those matters that could not be resolved informally, Gretchen has significant experience, and a long string of successes, for her clients in various administrative and judicial proceedings.

Entering her fourth decade as a practicing attorney, Gretchen has chosen to divide her professional time into a small handful of areas. First, she spends some time in the service of long time, loyal, existing clients with various needs. Second, the majority of her time is spent with new clients, providing legal services in two specific areas: a) the drafting of wills and trusts for the purpose of protection of assets, and b) representing clients in the probating of the estates of their deceased loved ones and guiding them step-by-step through this judicial process during what is a most difficult and challenging time in their life. Gretchen feels that the culmination of her 30-plus years of experience, combined with her narrow focus in regard to practice area, allows her to provide rock-solid legal representation with a very personal touch to each and every client.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with honors, Gretchen was licensed as an attorney in the State of Texas in 1985. She began her career in the small Washington, D.C. office of a large Houston-based law firm, where she was an associate under the tutelage of firm partners that included Howard Baker, prior to his resigning to become President Reagan’s Chief of Staff. Gretchen’s immediate supervisor became White House Counsel at that time. While there, she had broad exposure to a number of practice areas and highly sophisticated clients. In 1988, Gretchen relocated to Dallas, Texas and worked at a small boutique firm specializing in Government Contracts law where she honed her contract and analytical skills. Three years later, Gretchen co-founded a Dallas law firm with a general business and real estate practice. She also helped several high-profile individuals gain successful results in their contract disputes.

Thereafter, Gretchen moved her practice to Denton County and grew it to become a local mid-sized firm, prior to downsizing to now being a sole practitioner. While in Denton County, Gretchen has enjoyed a stellar reputation for handling complex matters. She has provided legal services to many businesses with various legal needs, one of which was an Inc. 500 company that she assisted in drafting and negotiating contracts and in resolving a multimillion-dollar dispute. Gretchen also served as co-lead class counsel in one of the rare class action cases in modern Texas history in which a class was actually certified by the trial court. In recent years, she has drafted countless Wills and Trusts, and her court appearances have primarily been before the Collin County and Denton County Statutory Probate Courts.

Gretchen has been honored to contribute as a board member to several organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Denton County and the Monsignor King Outreach Center, the latter of which provides safe shelter for the homeless. Gretchen served for several years as the Probate Chair of the Denton County Bar Association Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section. She was also Co-Chair of the Finance Council for Immaculate Conception parish in Denton for many years. Two of her proudest accomplishments in that role were crafting a solution to payoff seven figure debt, and initiating and helping build the church’s first Habitat for Humanity house.

 

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Licensed for 37 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1985
Updated 10/23/2022
State DC
Status Resigned
Acquired 1986
Updated 06/08/2022

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Gretchen A. Benolken, P.C.
6160 Warren Parkway Suite 100
Frisco, TX, 75034

Reviews

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Posted by Christina | December 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly professional, can't imagine better!
We chose Gretchen to be our probate attorney. So happy with our decision to go with Gretchen! She has years of experience, and is pleasant to work with. As we go through the probate process, her patience, kindness and efficiency makes it wonderful to work with her. Her staff is amazing as well! I would highly recommend Gretchen.
Posted by Beth | September 9, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I ended up with the daunting task of probating both of my parents' wills at the same time. Gretchen presented the best option for my case and advocated the most efficient and cost effective way to handle it. She was far more patient with me than she could have been and worked diligently to make sure everything was in order as it should be. I hope I don't have need for her services in the near future, but if for some reason I do, she'll be the first call I make! Highly recommend her! She has a knack for making you feel a warm, motherly, wrap her arm around you and guide you while still also leaving the impression that she's a take no crap, get it done kind of attorney! Her work ethic and diligence are worth every penny!
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Posted by Tamera | March 5, 2019
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Will probate wonderful job
Ms. Benolken was so very organized and prepared herself and also prepared me. Made a very uncomfortable and sad situation much more tolerable.
Posted by Jo | February 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional skill and knowledge
Gretchen is a phenomenal lawyer and has helped us with both litigation and contract work. Her knowledge and expertise is comprehensive and precise, affording us the opportunity to make the right decisions with information on hand, and also giving us confidence to manage our small business effectively. I wholeheartedly recommend Gretchen.
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Posted by Sandy | September 21, 2016
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Probate Hearing
Gretchen has been very helpful from the very beginning explaining all my options and the reasons to choose same. She was very caring at the probate hearing and made me feel relaxed that she was going to handle all with the judge/courts.
Response from Gretchen Benolken September 22, 2016
Thanks, Sandy, for the kind words! I am glad we were able to help you through this difficult time. Although I wish it had been under different circumstances, I have truly enjoyed getting to know you.
Posted by Pamela | August 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Satisfied client
I was more than satisfied with my experiences with Attorney Gretchen Benolken . She takes a personal interest in your particular issue and gives it her wholehearted attention. Ms. Benolken promptly returns phone calls and is a stickler for Detail, to bring your matter to a satisfactory conclusion.
Response from Gretchen Benolken September 22, 2016
Pam, your ward is very lucky to have you as his guardian, as it is very obvious to all who encountered you throughout this process that you do your utmost to put his interests first and to help him have as much independence as possible. It was my privilege to assist in obtaining a partial restoration of his rights. Thank you for placing your faith in me and for your kind words.
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Posted by Jim | July 29, 2016
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As a lawyer, she is the very best
Gretchen has been our lawyer in a very complicated land sale involving pipe line easements, widening of road, de-annexing in one city and annexing in another. In all of this she has done an unbelievably remarkable job She is brilliant and also very patient with and caring for her clients.
Response from Gretchen Benolken September 22, 2016
I am so glad we were able to get this transaction finalized for you! I appreciate your understanding of the delays caused by the many complications encountered in this deal that you listed in your most kind comments. It was a pleasure to work with you and your wife!
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gretchen A. Benolken, P.C.
  • 1992 - Present
  • Of Counsel
  • Leigh Hilton, PLLC
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Shareholder
  • Benolken & Everett, P.C.
  • 1998 - 2016
  • Shareholder
  • Fogle & Benolken, P.C.
  • 1992 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Doke & Riley
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Associate
  • Vinson & Elkins
  • 1985 - 1988
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Education

  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Texas
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Guardianship of Willliam Raymond Delamore, PR-2009-00223
  • Obtained requested relief from Court
  • Estate of Doris Rose Preston, No. 02-09-00095-CV (Tex. Civ. App.--Fort Worth)
  • trial court decision upheld
  • Fielding v. Anderson, 911 S.W.2d 858 (Tex. App. Dallas, writ denied)
  • summary judgment in favor of CEO upheld by appellate court

Associations

  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Denton County Bar Association, Real Estate, Trust, and Probate Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2005 - 2009

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Graduation with Honors
  • University of Texas School of Law
  • 1985
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Texas
  • 1981
  • Graduation with High Honors
  • University of Texas
  • 1981
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Publications

  • World Gumbo
  • Who gets your stuff when you die
  • 2017
  • Texas Contract Law for Professional Engineers
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Charitable Giving & Estate Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Texas Contract Law for Professional Engineers and Texas Construction Contracts for Professional Engineers
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • 2006
  • Graduate School Course
  • Procurement Integrity Act
  • 1991

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gretchen is a very experienced attorney. Working with her was a great experience. I would highly recommend her as an attorney."
Probate Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Gretchen has considerable experience with complex business litigation that will serve her clients well in her current focus on probate and guardianship proceedings."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Gretchen both while we were in the same firm and while we were in separate firms. Gretchen is bright, hard working and extremely competent in the practice of law. She understands issues and finds solutions. I would entrust her with any matter of my own."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've worked with (and against) Gretchen in a number of cases over the years. She's a great attorney, always prepared and enthusiastically representing her client's interests. I highly recommend her."
Probate Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Gretchen is a talented, hardworking attorney who zealously represents her clients. She understands and solves complex matters. As a mediator, Gretchen uses her expertise to help parties successfully resolve their disputes."
Guardianship Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Gretchen and I have worked together on cases and against each other on cases for many years. She is one of the most diligent attorneys I have ever known, and she is the only attorney I have ever happened to know who received a "Graduation with Honors" from the University of Texas Law School. As I am also a graduate of UT Law School, I personally know what a high level of performance would be required to earn this distinction, and everything I know about Gretchen, personally and professionally lives up to that honor."
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Frisco Estate planning Lawyer Gretchen A. Benolken
Gretchen A. Benolken
Estate planning Attorney
Frisco, TX
Licensed for 37 years
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