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Terry L. Garrett

The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC

Terry L. Garrett

The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC

Terry L. Garrett

The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC

Terry Garrett advises people in Central Texas who are preparing for and enjoying the retirement years, families who are caring for elders and members with special needs, and people who are probating and settling estates. Having worked and studied in Asia for many years, she also enjoys advising on transnational planning.

Attorney Garrett graduated from Cornell University with honors. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.  She did post-graduate work at Harvard Law School  and the New York Institute of Finance.

She serves on the board of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, is a member of the Society of Settlement Planners and serves on the education committee of the National Guardianship Association. She is an Approved Guardianship Attorney and is appointed by Central Texas courts in heirship and guardianship proceedings. 

She handles pro bono cases for Volunteer Legal Services, the Austin Bar Association’s Cancer Clinic, Veterans’ Clinics and the Women’s Resource Fair.  She also participates in UT Law School clinics and speaks on legal and financial planning for the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mother of a child with special needs, over the years she has taught for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and volunteered for the Council on Adoptable Children, the AFS foreign exchange student program, Cornell Cares, Hands on Housing and as an officer of the Harmony PTO.

In her free time, she enjoys studying dance and taking long walks in beautiful Central Texas.

Firm Description

Unlock your future!

We help people thoughout Central Texas create practical low-cost estate, Medicaid and special needs plans.  We represent people in guardianship and probate and in resolving a range of challenges facing elders.

Terry Garrett is an Approved Guardianship Attorney, a Top Elder Law Attorney (Austin) and an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  Parent of a child with special needs, she speaks and writes on related topics.  The Firm also handles transborder matters and works with clients in Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.

 

Hours

Day From To
Sunday By Appointment Only
Monday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Saturday By Appointment Only

Cost

Flat fee and hourly rates

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Main Office

4408 Spicewood Springs Rd.
Austin, TX 78759

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