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Peter G Schmerl

Estate planning Attorney at Tucson, AZ

3.9   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State AZ
    Acquired 1990
    Active Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2017

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Practice areas

With offices in both Tucson and Green Valley, Peter G. Schmerl limits his practice to estate planning, probate, guardianships, conservatorships, juvenile law, and general business representation. He is a graduate of Amphitheater High School in Tucson, the University of Arizona, and the University of Arizona College of Law.  A resident of Green Valley, Peter is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Green Valley amd a member of the Salvation Army Green Valley Advisory Committee.  He just concluded serving two terms as a publicly elected member of the Continental School District Governing Board.

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Peter G. Schmerl, PLLC
14 E 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ, 85705


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Posted by Charlotte | August 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
6 year CPS case
Peter got involved in my case for the last half of it. He explained what was going on and kept my hopes up. My child was returned Nov 2017 & my case was closed in Feb 2018. Most people lose their kids to corrupt CPS. I do not get why he was reviewed by a board in 2017. He has much integrity and believes in looking out for his clients. I'm now realizing that kept him less available in 2017. I did not know why until now.
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Posted by Charise | February 27, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
If you need a lawyer for a will this is the man to do it!
My husband and I needed to find a lawyer that would help us to figure out what to do with our will. It is the second marriage for both of us. My husband has two children from a previous marriage and I have none. My husband was concerned that if something were to happen to him that his children would come in and take away from me what he and I had worked together to acquire in our marriage. Peter explained what we needed to do in a calming manner and put us to ease. I can't tell you how relieved I am now that the will is done. Peter also took care of end of life wishes that were also part the will. If you need a lawyer for a will, I highly suggest Peter Schmerl for the job! You will not be disappointed!
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Posted by Cathy | March 23, 2015
Couldn't be happier
Peter Schmerl was a godsend to me. He was very pleasant to work with, extremely knowledgeable and professional. He took time to explain everything so that it was easily understood, took care of the paperwork and just handled everything for me, which was a huge relief. He is clearly a very caring and compassionate person and very good at what he does. I couldn't have asked for a better attorney and experience and will wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone I know who might be in need of his services.
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Posted by Catherine | October 24, 2014
A smiling "snowbird"
I needed reliable information about how Arizona law might deal with Ontario power-of-attorney arrangements and US real estate transfers in/outside of a will for a Canadian "snow birding" in Arizona. I cold-emailed Peter after coming across his profile on the web. His assistant responded right away and set up a phone meeting. In that brief call Peter listened attentively, confirmed and added to my understanding, and offered creative solutions to challenges. With that start, I will confidently retain him to do the work needed.
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Posted by Jamie | November 22, 2011
Need help? Peter Schmerl exemplifies excellence!
This was my first and only positive experience with a lawyer. Mr. Schmerl made what was an emotionally-charged and potentially frightening experience into something that could be dealt with in a dignified way. Taking someone to court over a parent's will was the last thing that I ever expected to do in my life, but Mr. Schmerl made this a simple, step-by-step procedure. From our first meeting, he was respectful not only of me as a client but also of my financial situation as a person. The fact that his efforts had a positive financial result is icing on the cake! I would recommend Mr. Schmerl to anyone without reservation for anything to do with wills and estates.
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Posted by William James | March 9, 2015
This attorney charged me for telling me how much his services would cost
This attorney listened to my complaint, and said the first thing we would have to do is settle on his cost's, he emailed me a long list of what all costs would be incurred and a request for $5000 up front. Then 3 weeks later sent me a bill for sending me that letter about how much it would cost.
Response from Peter Schmerl March 10, 2015
I don't recognize this person and the facts as described don't sound like my practice. Only in rare cases such as complex estate litigation matters do I request an advance and I would not intentionally send a bill to someone who has not first signed the fee agreement. Perhaps he has me confused with another attorney.
Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2014
Not helpful
Peter is useless. He never answer phone calls. He never answer at e-mails. He lier. He promised things which he will never able do. It is not possible to communicate with him. He does not have any knowledge in CPS. He did my case worse. Stay away from him.
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AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017.

Admonition and Probation issued in AZ, 2017
updated on 05/17/2017

An admonishment means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. While on probation, the State monitors the attorney's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Peter G. Schmerl, P.C.
  • 2002 - Present
  • Associate
  • Russo, Cox & Russo, P.C.
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Associate
  • Timothy A. Olcott, P.C.
  • 1996 - 1999


  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • University of Arizona
  • BA
  • 1987


  • State Bar of Arizona, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Working Smarter Not Harder: “I am not Spartacus!” or Practical Tips to Make Your Practice Better and More Enjoyable
  • 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Build Your Adoption Practice
  • 2012
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Daah . . . Winning! Lead Generation Strategies in the Face of a Sinking Ship
  • 2011
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Building Your Practice By Giving and Receiving Quality Referrals
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
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Probate Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Peter is incredibly knowledgeable in the probate and estate planning areas. He works passionately for his clients and is attentive to details. I highly recommend him."
Juvenile law Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Peter is dedicated to representing his clients, knowledgable of the law, and a pleasure to work with."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Peter is an excellent estate planning attorney with years of valuable experience. He is a great resource and always willing to help. I have seen Peter interact with clients and see him as a knowledgeable practitioner and strong advocate."
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Tucson Estate planning Lawyer Peter G Schmerl
Peter G Schmerl
Estate planning Attorney
Tucson, AZ
Licensed for 32 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2017. See details