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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Awards
Top Elder Lawyer
Austin Monthly
Professional Associations
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
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National Guardianship Association
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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.

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811 Questions Answered

Q. Do Elder Law attorneys deal with financial and isolation abuse of an elderly family member?
A: You can make an online report to Adult Protective Services. You can also find an elder lawyer near you on the website of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (www.naela.org).
Q. My mother recently passed away and my youngest sister is the executor. She has also been the sole power of attorney
A: With regard to your sister's actions as your mother's agent under the Durable Power of Attorney (that is, while your mother was alive), there is a provision of the Texas Estates Code which allows anyone who would be an heir or beneficiary or who can persuade the court that they have a genuine interest in the principal's (your mother's) well-being to ask the court to examine the actions of the agent (your sister). However, since your mother has already died, this may well not apply. With regard to your sister's actions as executor of your mother's Will and estate, if you are a beneficiary, 15 months after the court has appointed your sister, you may request an accounting. If that is not produced within 60 days, you may complain to the court.
Q. Will I still need P.O.A before the ladybird deed or will either of them work? Do they need to be submitted thru court?
A: These documents serve entirely different functions. A Durable Power of Attorney shares authority over the property of the person who signs it while she is alive. Both her signature and that of her agent must be notarized. If it is to affect real property, it must be recorded in the county deed records. A General Warranty Deed Reserving an Extended Life Estate (a/k/a "Lady Bird Deed") passes title to real property free of probate and so, in Texas, free of Medicaid Estate Recovery (Medicaid is a loan). It must be notarized and recorded in the county deed records. If the owner is applying for Medicaid, it must also be submitted for review to the regional attorney at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
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The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC
4408 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759
Telephone: (512) 800-2420
Fax: (512) 870-9260