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Cimarron Dru Gilson

Estate planning Attorney at Schertz, TX

4.7   12 reviews

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About Cimarron

Learn Cimarron’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Draft and review of wills, trusts, financial power of attorney, medical power of attorney, guardianship declaration for self or children, Medicaid planning, etc.

  2. Probate
    35%
    Affidavits, will probate, clearing title, guidance after death of a loved one, etc.

  3. Real estate
    8%
    Deeds, review of contracts, promissory notes, deeds of trust, sales documents, etc.

  4. Business
    5%
    LLC formation, choosing a business entity

  5. Family
    2%
    Divorces (uncontested only) Name changes

 

In 2002, Cimarron graduated cum laude with a BA in Government Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He worked at the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio and the Austin office of U.S. Senator John Cornyn before heading to Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor. In law school, he served on the Ave Maria Law Review as a senior editor and graduated magna cum laude with a JD in 2007. After passing the Texas bar exam, he began a three‐year clerkship with The Honorable George P. Kazen, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Laredo Division.

 

In Laredo, he became active at St. Peter's Catholic Church, volunteering and serving as a religious education teacher and youth minister. This ministry inspired him to discern the Catholic priesthood. So in 2010, he left his legal position and entered Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.  While in seminary, he completed a BA in Pastoral Ministry, graduating summa cum laude from the Mexican American Catholic College (MACC) in 2012. After graduation from MACC, he left seminary to attend to family responsibilities and resume his legal practice.

Cimarron's practice focuses primarily on Estate Planning, the process of crafting a thoughtful written plan to distribute one's wealth at death and manage it upon incapacity, but Cimarron also handles Probate, Family, Real Estate, and Business Formation matters.

Cimarron’s primary mission is to help people avoid the pitfalls of failing to plan for death and incapacity by educating them about their estate planning options, often bringing to light situations frequently overlooked, and encouraging them to take the initiative to plan now, so they or their loved ones do not have to pay later. Cimarron’s goal is to make sure everyone he serves, regardless of background, has a professionally crafted estate plan that incorporates his or her values. With this plan in place, his clients can finally achieve the peace of mind that comes with putting their final affairs in order.

Cimarron also regularly presents a FREE and informational Estate Planning Seminar to various churches and local associations, like the Knights of Columbus. If you would like to attend the next seminar or would like to schedule Cimarron to present at your church, small group, or association, please contact our office for more information.

Cimarron was an active parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Selma, TX, for 20+ years, where he served as a catechist, sacristan, and stewardship committee member.  He now is a parishioner at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Schertz, TX. He sits on the Selma City Planning & Zoning Committee and he is a member of Guadalupe County Agency on Mental Health and Retardation. His hobbies and interests include politics, home improvement projects, working outdoors, and traveling. He is happily married to Mallory D. Gilson, a San Antonio veterinarian at Lincoln Heights Animal Hospital, and they just welcomed their first child, Clare Mary DiRosa Gilson on December 15, 2017.

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Licensed for 15 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Cimarron

Gilson Law Firm, PLLC
1996 Schertz Pkwy #101
Schertz, TX, 78154

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Yolanda | August 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent work, Christian, concerned and involved
Mr GILSON has prepared our will, helped established our Trust Fund, reviews any contract before we sign. He is the one I consult for our business legal issues. Mr GILSON has always provided excellent service at a reasonable cost. I have referred several people to him and they have been very happy with his work. Thank you, Mr GILSON for all your help.
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Posted by Nicole | February 26, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Servant Leadership
I am grateful for the services I received from Gilson law firm. Sam Gilson and his office staff (Cherokee and Larry) were attentive and respectful in addressing my needs. Sam represents the commitment of the Guadalupe radio network and a prime example of a servant leader who provides a gift to the community. He is very patient and helps you to understand unfamiliar topics. I appreciated his legal guidance and expertise in helping finalize my family's legal documents. I highly recommend Gilson law firm to anyone needing a professional legal team who has your best interest at heart and the qualities who value the community they serve. Thank you and God Bless.
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Response from Cimarron Gilson March 22, 2020
Thank you so much for this nice review.
Posted by Henry | October 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
We Highly Recommend Gilson Law Firm
Linda and I are very happy with the estate planning documentation provided by Cim and team. He delivered the documentation when promised and the entire package of documents was competitively priced. I highly recommend his firm for your estate planning needs.
Posted by Virgil | July 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service with a Catholic Perspective
Mr. Gilson provided superior service for my wife and me at a very reasonable price. For $1025.00 he provided an Estate Plan that included our Last Will and Testament, Memorandum of Personal Property, Durable Power of Attorney, Medical Power of Attorney & HIPAA Release, Catholic Directive to Physicians, Declaration of Guardian, and Community Property Right of Survivorship Agreement. Mr. Gilson was very responsive and met our needs in a direct and understandable manner. All questions were thoroughly answered and tailored to our Catholic perspective. He presented himself as a knowledgeable attorney who cares about his clients above all else, and who will meet their legal needs in the long term. We give him and his office our highest recommendation.
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Posted by ZB | February 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Should have hired sooner
Thank you for resolving a complicated and stressful legal situation for my family. Your approach with my case was professional and your preparation allowed the legal process to run smoothly. Going into court, I felt confident that what we had prepared was thoughtfully put together and ended up being well executed. Also, communication was great considering that I was not his only client. Having experienced other lawyers prior to Mr. Gilson, I'm glad I finally hired one who has their client's best interest in mind.
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Posted by Julia | January 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
We are very pleased with the courteous and professional services we received from Cimarron Gilson and his entire staff. Legal issues were explained in a manner that was easy to understand. Appointments are easily made and kept in a very timely manner. We highly recommend Gilson Law FIrm, PLLC. for many of your legal matters. We were very happy to find a very knowledgeable, pleasant, Catholic, fellow parishioner to guide us through our legal matters.
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Response from Cimarron Gilson January 30, 2019
I greatly appreciate your review and recommendation. It has been a pleasure to assist you with your legal needs. Thank you for trusting me to guide you. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need any further assistance, I am always here when you need me. Thank you again for the positive review.
Posted by Jeff | December 17, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Informative/helpful
Helped understand how probate works in another state, I'm in Wyoming. He was very knowledgeable and answered my questions and even looked up what he could while we were on the phone. I would recommend him to anyone and will use hire him if needed.
Posted by Susan | August 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!!
My spouse and I visited with Mr. Gilson for advice concerning real estate matters. Mr. Gilson and the entire staff were professional and accommodating. Mr. Gilson was thorough in his explanation of what was going to be done and why, and everything went exactly as he said it would. I highly recommend using Mr. Gilson for any applicable legal needs.
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Response from Cimarron Gilson August 2, 2018
Thank you so much for this great review. It was a pleasure meeting you both and serving your legal needs.
Posted by Jennifer | February 2, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very well represented
I hired Mr. Gilson to represent me in a State investigation. I felt like the State was improperly investigating me and Mr. Gilson reviewed and addressed the issues. He used his experience and knowledge to identify discrepancies within the investigation after researching the agency's own regulations and codified law. Mr. Gilson corresponded with the agency in writing and by telephone to point out their discrepancies. After making his position clear, the agency dropped their investigation. I am very thankful for the assistance Mr. Gilson provided me. My experience was very positive and will recommend his services to anyone I know needing legal help.
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Response from Cimarron Gilson February 9, 2018
Thank you for your excellent review!
Posted by Martha Hernandez | January 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
Took my 78 yr old mother to get her estate planning done with Mr. Gilson and I highly recommend him. He's very professional, kind, and straight to the point. I will definitely be going back to Mr. Gilson for doing my own estate planning in the near future. He also does divorce and probating.
Response from Cimarron Gilson February 9, 2018
Thank you for positive review!
Posted by Vicki | July 6, 2015
Excellent Estate Planning Attorney at Affordable Rates
I just prepared my Will. If you ever need a probate attorney, Divorce, Estate Planning, Custody, or just need to prepare your will, I HIGHLY recommend mine. Cimarron Gilson, in Schertz/Cibolo areas is the best. He helped me with every single item I needed, answered every question until I completely understood its meaning, and when he was done preparing my final documents, he came to my house for the final signing. He is thorough, he answered every email I sent (and I sent bunches), and he is a great attorney. Very professional, but very endearing. You won't be sorry you went to him.
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Response from Cimarron Gilson February 9, 2018
Vicki, you are such a sweetheart. I am glad we could help you. Thanks for the good words above!
Posted by anonymous | April 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Sent a Post Card to my Dead Father of two years
My brother and I set up an appointment to meet with Cimarron to discuss my Dad's situation with impending Medicaid, over two years ago. My Father had very little money left to his name, had Alzheimer's and was in Assisted Living. Cimarron suggested to us to use my Father's remaining money to buy a car or something as to hide it and not lose it to Medicaid. My brother and I were horrified at such a suggestion. We were polite excused ourselves, paid the fee and never went back. Today I receive a postcard in the mail from him, wishing my DEAD father a Happy Birthday, after he has been gone almost two years! Cimarron loves to quote the good book, but does not act with scripture in mind! Do your due diligence and look elsewhere!!
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Response from Cimarron Gilson January 25, 2018
I think this anonymous reviewer is S.M. from Schertz, TX. I recall meeting you and your brother K.W. in March of 2015 to talk about your dad D.W. First, I am sorry about your dad's passing. I hope he is at peace now. If my notes are correct, before meeting in March 2015, I gave you advice on the telephone in January 2014 about a problem you had with an RV sales retailer. I didn't charge you for that phone consult and believe that it was that friendly experience that led you to come back to my office in 2015 for advice about your dad. I'm surprised by your review. I rarely have a negative experience with a client, but when someone is unhappy, I do my best to remedy the situation if I can. And if someone doesn't understand something and they ask for clarification, I will gladly explain again. So lets review what we spoke about. You asked about how to prepare your dad to qualify for Medicaid. I advised that he did not qualify in April 2015 due to too many resources and too much income. Too much income could be handled with a Miller Trust. Too many resources could be handled by spending his resources down in a legal, non fraudulent way, or converting cash into resources that Medicaid won't count against the applicant. For example, when a Medicaid applicant doesn't have a car but has too much cash in the bank, one wise way to spend down his cash is to purchase a vehicle for the applicant's transportation. Another way is to purchase personal items, appliances, or cemetery plots for the family. All these new assets are not counted against the applicant by Medicaid and help preserve the assets from being paid (lost) directly to a nursing home. I can't explain why you now say you were "horrified" by it. From my recollection, you and your brother were quite interested in this approach at the time of our meeting, and even indicated permission to let me research more Medicaid issues for you. Unlike the insinuation of your negative review, none of the Medicaid planning advice I gave you and your brother was illegal or unethical. I am not in the business of giving that kind of advice, and what I said is the same advice any other elder law attorney would have given you. And I'd give you the same advice today. You make reference to scripture in your review and state that I don't act with scripture in mind. I am not a perfect person, I admit, but I certainly don't give unethical or immoral advice. We are a Christian law firm and do our best to act with integrity. Since you bring up scripture, though, the "good book" says that if you have an issue with your brother, approach your brother alone. If your brother doesn't listen, take one or more brothers with you to approach the one you have issue with, and if that still doesn't solve it, take the church elders with you to address your brother. You and I have attended the same church for the last two plus years. The birthday card confusion was a simple, innocent mishap, and could have been handled with a one minute phone call rather than a negative and misleading review. We try to send out birthday cards to all our clients. We have only had positive responses to this act of remembrance. We won't send out a card, however, if we know that a client is deceased. In your father's case, we had no knowledge from you or any other source that your dad has passed away. Nevertheless, we will remove his name from our birthday and contact list immediately. I hope I have addressed your complaints satisfactorily, and if I have, you should agree with me that your review is misleading to readers. I kindly ask you to do me the courtesy of removing it immediately from avvo.com.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 55-250 per hour
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • CG Law Office
  • 2012 - Present
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen
  • 2007 - 2010

Education

  • Mexican American Catholic College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2012
  • Ave Maria School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Estate Planning Seminar
  • Estate Planning
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
Endorse Cimarron
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Nov 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Cimarron Gilson. I consulted Cim on a probate matter I had in the Rio Grande Valley and was pleased with the swift and competent legal advice I received from him."
Probate Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I went to law school with Cim and have worked with him in practice. He's a knowledgeable and honorable colleague who does right by his clients."
Business Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
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