Terry Lynn Garrett

Terry Lynn Garrett

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  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate
  • New York, Texas
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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
  • Elder Law
  • Probate
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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Professional Associations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
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National Guardianship Association
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Texas State Bar # 24048146
Member
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Austin Bar Association
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Certifications
Approved Guardianship Attorney
State Bar of Texas
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
688 Questions Answered

Q. What should I do if a close friend left me property in his will but his heirs aren’t interested in opening probate?
A: You as beneficiary may submit the original Will or, if you cannot obtain it, a copy of the original Will for probate. You will need the help of a probate lawyer who practices in the county where your friend lived and died.
Q. My father passed away intestate (no will), he owned his home, am I responsible for paying his utility bills?
A: After the Court appoints an administrator, giving that person authority over your father's property, that person is responsible for maintaining the estate. Meanwhile, you and your siblings may want to keep the utilities on in order to maintain the property in good shape. That should bring a better sales price.
Q. My father passed away intestate, but he left my name as beneficiary on his bank account. What are my responsibilities?
A: If the account was pay on death to you or joint with right of survivorship in you, the money is yours on presentation of a death certificate and identification.
Q. Does a deed need to be in parent's name in order to be considered an heir to property?
A: Yes. The deed is not just some piece of paper but the official record of who owns the property.
Q. When was the executor appointed?
A: An executor is appointed by the local probate court. Check the court records.
Q. My mom died without a will. Are the jewelries will be part of the estate?
A: Everything she owned is part of her estate. Personal property which she bought before the marriage is her separate property, a share of which passes to her children from a previous marriage. Any heir can probate the estate. Hire a local probate lawyer.
Q. Can I take the Executor to court if hes not doing things correctly?
A: Some Wills allow the executor to make distributions before paying all the creditors. You might want to review the Will before concluding that the action was "fishy." If an executor does not provide an accounting, you may hire an attorney to file a Motion for an Order to Show Cause. If the Court issues an Order to Show Cause, the executor can explain to the judge why he or she has not produced the accounting. This may or may not lead to the executor being removed.
Q. The executor of our will is saying that he does not to show us any paperwork except the will. We asked to see the pape
A: 15 months after the executor has been appointed by the court a beneficiary may demand an accounting. An executor has 60 days to produce the accounting.
Q. Is moms will valid from 1983, I found yesterday, if she died in 2016? Will it be honored?
A: The date of the Will generally does not matter. A Will which is submitted for probate more than four years after the date of death can only be used to pass title. You cannot just take it to the courthouse. You must hire a local probate lawyer to represent you. Considering the complications you describe, you may well be glad to have a lawyer untangle things.
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The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC
4408 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759
USA
Toll-Free: (800) 295-3449
Telephone: (512) 800-2420
Fax: (512) 870-9260