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Meet the Lawyer, Terry Garrett, The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC
Terry L. Garrett, CELA* 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.

Education and Professional Activities

Terry 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.

A Certified Elder Law Attorney, Terry Garrett serves on the federal advocacy committee of the National Academy of Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys (“NAELA”) and the board of the Texas chapter. NAELA attorneys envision a day when all older adults, people with disabilities, and their families have the legal, health, social and financial care they need to live their best lives.

She is an Approved Guardianship Attorney and is appointed by Central Texas courts in heirship and guardianship proceedings.  She is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Central Texas.

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.

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*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation

Austin Monthly 2020 top elder lawyer.

**rated by AvvoMartindale-Hubbell and Justia


Education badgets Columbia Univ of Penn Cornell 2022
Terry Garrett Badges, Seal of State Bar of Texas, The College of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, American Bar Association
Membership badges NAELA NGA Society Settlement Planners 2022
Melanie Ibarra-Herrera, Attorney

Melanie Ibarra-Herrera advises people in Central Texas on their estate planning, guardianship, and probate needs. She is fluent in Spanish.

Education and Professional Activities

Melanie Ibarra-Herrera graduated with a double major from Texas State University with honors. She was on the Dean’s List and completed a thesis through the Honors College. While studying at Texas State University, she volunteered with the Travis County Probate Court as a Volunteer Court Visitor.

She earned her J.D. at the University of Texas School of Law. She earned the Pro Bono Honors Certificate and served on the Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy during her time there. Melanie is an Approved Guardianship Attorney, and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association. She handles pro bono cases with Volunteer Legal Services, and the Austin Bar Association’s Cancer Law Clinic.

In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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The information on this website is provided as a public service for Texas residents and other people seeking legal assistance in Texas. It does not constitute, nor is it intended to be, legal, tax or investment advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship. Laws change. Please discuss your individual circumstances with a competent attorney, Certified Public Accountant or Certified Financial Planner as the need arises.

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