Gretchen A. Benolken, P.C.

Gretchen A. Benolken, P.C.

With intensity and integrity, our firm provides personalized service to guide our clients through very sensitive matters: the probate process after the death of their loved ones, and estate planning decision making, including wills and trusts.

Firm Overview

Founded in 1998, the firm has provided high quality legal services to numerous clients in the North Texas area. While starting as a general business law firm, the practice has evolved and now primarily provides legal services to individuals at a most difficult and challenging time in their life, guiding them through the judicial process of probating their deceased loved ones' estates. In addition, we assist clients with estate planning decisions to best protect their assets and those who are dear to them in anticipation of the transition of their own estates. We pride ourselves on prompt, empathetic, and personalized service for each and every client.

Recognizing her extensive experience in the probate arena, Gretchen's colleagues elected her to serve for several years as the Probate Chair of the Denton County Bar Association Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section, until she resigned to allow others to fulfill this function. Gretchen has also 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 to those experiencing homelessness. Gretchen also served as Co-Chair of the Finance Council for Immaculate Conception parish in Denton for many years, and she currently serves on her new parish's finance council as well. In this way, she strives to give back to the North Texas community that has been so generously welcoming of her and the firm.

Main Office

GAB, P.C.
6160 Warren Parkway
Suite 100
Frisco TX 75034

Phone

(940) 483-9400

Fax

(972) 464-1594

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Probate; Wills; Trusts

Hourly Rates

$450

Office Information

Office Hours

By appointment

Office Manager

Pete Maugans

Languages Spoken

English

Other Offices

Mailing address GAB, P.C.
11450 U.S. Hwy 380
Crossroads

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

At our firm, our clients deal directly with a highly credible and experienced attorney, rather than through a legal assistant. They have direct access to the attorney, and we aspire to promptly respond to every phone call and email within hours, and certainly by the following business day. We take on most matters on an up front agreed-upon flat rate basis, which we believe eliminates client anxiety over receiving "scary mail" containing invoices based on hourly billing. We hope that by doing so, our clients know that they can reach out to the attorney for answers to questions or concerns at any time without worrying about additional costs being incurred.

Gretchen Benolken

Gretchen A. Benolken, P.C.

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

Entering my fourth decade as a practicing attorney, I have chosen to divide my professional time into a small handful of areas. First, I spend some time in the service of long time, loyal, existing clients with various needs. Second, the majority of my time I spend 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 the transition of their estates to their loved ones, 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 I know to be a most difficult and challenging time in their life. I feel that the culmination of my 30 plus years of experience combined with my narrow focus in regard to practice area, allows me to provide rock solid legal representation with a very personal touch to each and every individual client.

After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law with honors, I was licensed as an attorney in the State of Texas in 1985. I began my career in the small Washington, D.C. office of a large Houston-based law firm, where I 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. My immediate supervisor became White House Counsel at that time. While there, I had broad exposure to a number of practice areas and highly sophisticated clients. In 1988, I relocated to Dallas, Texas and worked at a small boutique firm specializing in Government Contracts law where I honed my contract and analytical skills. Three years later, I co-founded a Dallas law firm with a general business and real estate practice. I also helped several high profile individuals gain successful results in their contract disputes. Thereafter, I moved my 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, I have enjoyed a stellar reputation for handling complex matters. I have provided legal services to many businesses with various legal needs, one of which was an Inc. 500 company that I assisted in drafting and negotiating contracts and in resolving a multimillion dollar dispute. I 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, I have drafted countless Wills and Trusts, and my court appearances have primarily been before the Collin County and Denton County Statutory Probate Courts.

I have 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 to the homeless. I served for several years as the Probate Chair of the Denton County Bar Association Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section. I was also Co-Chair of the Finance Council for Immaculate Conception parish in Denton for many years. Two of my 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. I currently serve on my new parish's finance council as well.

License

Bar Number: 02162600
Texas, 1985

Education

The University of Texas School of Law
Juris Doctorate, 1985

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts, 1981

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