Terry Lynn Garrett

Terry Lynn Garrett

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  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate
  • New York, Texas
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Biography

Terry Garrett advises people in Central Texas who are preparing for and enjoying their retirement years and people with special needs and their families. Her clients range from couples who are just starting out and people who want to stay in charge during retirement to families with multinational businesses. Having worked and studied in Asia for many years, she also enjoys advising on transnational planning. Terry Garrett graduated with honors from Cornell University. 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 Melon Fellowship. She attended the Harvard Law School Negotiation Program and earned every certificate offered by the New York Institute of Finance. She is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is an Approved Guardianship Attorney and is appointed by Central Texas courts in heirship proceedings. She handles pro bono cases for Volunteer Legal Services, the Austin Bar Association and the Women's Resource Fair. Mother of a child with special needs, she also teaches for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Over the years she has 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.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Area
  • Special Needs Planning
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
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Texas
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Languages
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
Professional Experience
The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC
Current
Education
Columbia University
J.D. (1983) | law
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Honors: Parker Award, Mellon Fellowship
Activities: President, International Law Society; International Law Review, Environmental Law Review; Chinese and Japanese law study groups
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Awards
Top Elder Lawyer
Austin Monthly
Professional Associations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Current
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National Guardianship Association
Current
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Texas State Bar  # 24048146
Member
- Current
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Austin Bar Association
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Illegal Skilled Nursing Facility Discharges: Appealing Medicare Notice of Nonpayment
Texas Elder Law Flash
Speaking Engagements
Noncitizens and Public Benefits, 2020 UT Special Needs Trust Conference, Austin, Texas
University of Texas School of Law
Certifications
Approved Guardianship Attorney
State Bar of Texas
Websites & Blogs
Website
Videos
With a pet trust, you can plan for your pet’s future and ensure your companions are taken care of in the event something unexpected happens to you. Paying for their care may make it easier to find someone to provide that care. Pet Trusts and Tips

With a pet trust, you can plan for your pet’s future and ensure your companions are taken care of in the event something unexpected happens to you. Paying for their care may make it easier to find someone to provide that care.

These three simple steps will help you save on both legal fees and taxes...if you start now.  They'll also help you get your documents organized and stay organized. You’ll pay yourself well for the time you spend by having to pay your estate planning lawyer less. The earlier you start, the more you can do. How To Pay Your Estate Planning Lawyer Less

These three simple steps will help you save on both legal fees and taxes...if you start now. They'll also help you get your documents organized and stay organized. You’ll pay yourself well for the time you spend by having to pay your estate planning lawyer less. The earlier you start, the more you can do.

People with special needs can be included and lead meaningful lives with the right services and support. We can help someone grow and contribute to and enjoy life by helping them put those supports and services in place. Whats So Special About Special Needs

People with special needs can be included and lead meaningful lives with the right services and support. We can help someone grow and contribute to and enjoy life by helping them put those supports and services in place.

This year, instead of socks and perfume, consider gifts which will make life better all year round for your grandparents. Gifts which make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to live at home are available for every budget. Consider these 19 best gifts for grandparents this holiday season and all year. Best Gifts for Grandma and Gramps

This year, instead of socks and perfume, consider gifts which will make life better all year round for your grandparents. Gifts which make it easier, safer and more enjoyable to live at home are available for every budget. Consider these 19 best gifts for grandparents this holiday season and all year.

In  Texas, you can leave your home to your children free of Medicaid Estate Recovery and still have control of it while you are alive. Estate Planning: How To Save the Family Home

In Texas, you can leave your home to your children free of Medicaid Estate Recovery and still have control of it while you are alive.

The nursery is ready. Are you? Children may be our greatest treasure. Even before they arrive, we begin to protect them. When they do arrive, we often get so caught up in being parents that we forget to take some very important steps. Make Room for Baby

The nursery is ready. Are you? Children may be our greatest treasure. Even before they arrive, we begin to protect them. When they do arrive, we often get so caught up in being parents that we forget to take some very important steps.

Creating a trust to benefit a person with special needs is important whether your family member became disabled as a child or you became disabled as an adult.  Watch this video for more information on a Special Needs Trust. Special Needs Trust

Creating a trust to benefit a person with special needs is important whether your family member became disabled as a child or you became disabled as an adult. Watch this video for more information on a Special Needs Trust.

Probate sounds like such a scary word, like reprobate or probation, but all it really means is settling your estate, proving what you have, proving who you owe, and distributing the rest to your heirs. In Texas, it can be relatively simple. Watch this video for more information on probate in Texas. General Legal Tips - Probate

Probate sounds like such a scary word, like reprobate or probation, but all it really means is settling your estate, proving what you have, proving who you owe, and distributing the rest to your heirs. In Texas, it can be relatively simple. Watch this video for more information on probate in Texas.

Five legal documents every Texan should consider. 5 Easy Things - Legal Documents Every Texan Should Consider

Five legal documents every Texan should consider.

Legal Answers
888 Questions Answered
Q. Does anyone know which court to file an APPLICATION FOR PROBATE OF WILL AS MUNIMENT OF TITLE
A: An estate is probated in the probate court in the county in which the person lived and died. You should be represented by an attorney qualified to assist you.
Q. I have been paying a mortgage that's in my mother-in-law s name for 22 years, my common law husband of 27 yrs died.
A: You could take either or both of these steps. (1) Hire a probate lawyer to help you prove that you are a spouse. (2) Gather all the payment evidence and file a claim against the estate.
Q. 82 years old father and whole complex all must move to a shelter for months, is this legal for disabled elders?
A: From your description it appears that your father lives in a commercial apartment complex, not in a nursing home or a hospital and is perhaps being constructively evicted due to the need to make massive repairs. If he has funds, a shelter is not his only option.
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The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC
4408 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759
Telephone: (512) 800-2420
Fax: (512) 870-9260