Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, and Social Security
About Attorney Adriane S. Grace
Ms. Grace is passionate about advocating for her clients and educating them about their legal rights. She does not impose cookie-cutter solutions. When you call Ms. Grace, you will speak with an attorney who will listen to your needs and create a legal plan of action consistent with your individual goals.
Ms. Grace primarily advises and represents clients in Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, and Social Security matters. Not only has she has assisted many North Texas families with creating Wills, Trusts, and other estate planning documents, she has also defended estate plans and Executors in probate court, as well as legal heirs and beneficiaries of an Estate. Due to her litigation experience, Ms. Grace is well-informed about Texas probate and estate administration laws and can confidently advise families about Texas probate process as well as assist them with choosing the appropriate Executor, Guardian, or Trustee to serve under their estate plan. In addition to the probate and estate litigation practice, Ms. Grace has been involved in numerous guardianship disputes including defending applicants for guardianship and temporary guardianship of a disabled adult or minor child. As part of her guardianship practice, she routinely advises and consults with families about alternatives to guardianship and available supports and services in our local community. She also advises families who have questions about the mental health commitment process. Ms. Grace, who is also a Social Security appellate attorney, is well-versed in the rules concerning eligibility for needs-based public assistance such as SSI and Medicaid and stands ready to advise and assist those who have questions about enrolling a family member.
Certified by the Texas State Bar to practice as an Attorney Ad Litem in Texas courts, Ms. Grace also regularly receives court appointments in Guardianship proceedings and Heirship Determinations from the statutory probate courts in North Texas. In addition, she devotes part of her legal practice to pro bono work and accepts estate planning and probate cases from Legal Aid of Northwest Texas in Collin County and the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program.
Prior to starting her own practice, Ms. Grace practiced at litigation firms in Dallas, and was an Attorney-Advisor for the Social Security Administration in the Washington, DC area where she advised the Chief Administrative Appeals Judge. During law school, she interned at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Copyright Office, and was an articles editor for the Administrative Law Review and Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Journal. Before attending law school, Ms. Grace worked in global supply chain management for an international aerospace company where she negotiated and managed a multi-million dollar technology acquisition services and support contract.
Ms. Grace enjoys international travel and has studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain; the University of Chile; and the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas, but lived in Washington, DC for five years before finally settling with her family in North Texas. Her hobbies include reading, yoga, and spending time with her children.
American University Washington College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2009
The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts, 2001
Dallas Bar Association
Collin County Bar Association
National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
Dallas Area Social Security Claimants’ Attorneys
Texas Bar College
Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas