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Tara Hawley Carter

Family Attorney at Nashville, TN

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2010
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Practice areas
  1. Family
    Tara Carter, A Compassionate Experienced Middle Tennessee Family Law and Divorce Attorney. Strong advocacy for spouses, children, and parents when a marriage or a relationship ends.

    13 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    We have the experience to effectively handle divorce cases and other family law matters. We work with your spouse’s counsel when possible to craft agreements that protect you. We mediate cases when a neutral-third party can help resolve disputes.

  3. Probate

    13 years

  4. Child custody
    We help clients identify their legal issues, value their financial assets, and prioritize their needs such as keeping the martial home and having custody of their children.

  5. Child support

  6. Estate planning

  7. Real estate

    13 years

  8. Uncontested divorce

Tara Carter has worked extensively in the areas of family law, probate and real property for nearly a decade. Ms. Carter has practiced in all areas of family law including divorce, post-divorce, child custody, child support and grandparents’ rights. She has assisted clients with estates, estate planning, conservatorships and creating wills and trusts. Ms. Carter has also worked extensively in real property by assisting clients with evictions, foreclosures, deeds to real property and loan closings.

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Law Office of Tara Carter
5016 Centennial Blvd.
Nashville, TN, 37073


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Posted by Katie | July 12, 2017
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Professional Lawyer :: Fun Lady
I needed some help with a small estate affidavit after my father passed. I live out of the state of Tennessee making it very difficult to get straight answers from anyone and eventually finding that a couple lawyers were trying to nickel and dime me - starting with one price and then coming back with another. Then I found Tara. She was the answer to my prayers: upfront, informative, confident, and most importantly, honest. She quoted me a flat fee for the work and filing fees for probate court, she constantly kept me informed with paperwork updates and the like. She was empathic to the fact that I was dealing with a stressful situation. The human element of the law is hard to find sometimes. I really appreciated that coming from Tara. She's got a great sense of humor, too, which is usually important in times like these. She takes her work very seriously. She also - after no longer being her client - answered my emails full of questions and met with me to go over things in person once I'd gotten into town. I thought she was great and I feel so lucky to have found her. I'd definitely recommend Tara.
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Posted by Brenda | May 30, 2017
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Probate Attorney
I am so pleased with Ms. Hawley. she is concise, and is truly knowledgeable in her profession. As a woman handling my Mother's estate I started out with an attorney that kept raising the fee. Ms. Hawley offered me a flat fee and addressed all of my concerns. I chose Ms. Hawley because she was a part of a large firm that can offer a depth of experience in handling a legal situation. The office staff is always attentive and pleasant. Tara has been excellent.
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Posted by Nancy | March 2, 2017
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Tara Hawley Carter Attorney, The Higgins Firm
I engaged Ms Carter of the Higgins Firm, to handle the estate of a deceased family member. She was very diligent in resolving all the issues in this complicated estate. I feel that she was very successful in bringing about the best possible results. Ms Carter explained in detail her actions every step of the way. She answered all e-mails and phone calls very promptly and gave frequent updates on the progress of her work. I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a Probate Attorney.
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Posted by Jim, Doreen | May 3, 2016
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We would like to commened Higgins Firm for having such caring professionals as Tara Carter, Christie Armstrong and Don Byrd for their tireless effort on behalf of our Uncle Robert Garrett and his son. They went beyond what we or anyone could have expected. Their compassionate caring professional attitude was very comforting in our stressful time of need. We would recommend the Higgin Firm and these wonderful people to all, Sincerely Jim and Doreen
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2016
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Tara was able to walk us through the probate process. We appreciate her reliability and promptness to our questions about the process and what we needed to do to get an estate settled.
Posted by Karen | April 19, 2016
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Helped probate of my father's estate
Tara Hawley Carter helped me with probate of my father's estate. I only had to appear in court one time. Tara handled all of the rest and was able to get some of the claims dismissed. I would have never believed that would happen. She was patient and made sure I knew what was going on at all times. She answered my questions quickly. If you need help probating an estate, you can feel confident in Tara.
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Posted by Joseph | April 18, 2016
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Amazing Skills
My case is still pending. My life partner received poor care in a facility and the errors made in his treatment resulted in his death. I hired The Higgins Firm and have only positive things to say. With the estate involved and the fact that my partner and I were not legally married, Tara has gone above and beyond to assist me with everything. Having Tara and the other staff at The Higgins Firm have eased my mind and taken the burden from me.
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Posted by Ron | April 18, 2016
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Estate Probate
Tara, it has been a pleasure working with Tara. She has kept me informed with the status of my case and what steps were necessary to proceed with the closing of the case.
Posted by Tommy | July 30, 2015
Best Attorney, Tell Everyone
Attorney Tara Carter helped me with my Probate matter earlier this year. From the first time I met with her, i felt at ease! She knew all the ins and outs of my case and what laws we needed to go by. She was always willing to take calls when I had questions. Her Assistant was also very friendly and they both seemed to genuinely care about myself and the situation I was left with after my mother passed. I have since recommended 3 other friends to Christy and Tara and they have all had nothing but excellent things to say about the duo. Thankful for everything the Higgins Firm did for my family!
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Response from Tara Carter August 11, 2015
Thanks so much for letting us work for you and the kind review!
Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2015
If you need help with probate or estate issues, look no further!
When my father passed away, our family wasn't prepared to handle the legal issues that followed. Luckily we found Tara! She was able to talk us through what needed to be done and reassured us that she would work as hard as she could to meet our goals. Tara was great about keeping us informed about everything she did and we appreciated how easy she made it for us during such a difficult time. Our family is forever grateful to Tara for all of the hard work she put into helping us sort out all of the legal problems that surrounded my father's death. Our family will no doubt continue to use Tara for any other probate or estate issues that we might face in the future!
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Posted by Sarah | July 22, 2015
Difficult Times
When encountered with a tough time in my life, my mother's passing, I was forced to push on and get her matters in order. I am so happy I heard of The Higgins Firm b/c they're team was excellent from the receptionist to the paralegal to the attorney. They were kind, efficient and made a tough time a little easier. I truly appreciate their assistance in assisting in resolving my mother's estate!
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Posted by Lee | July 22, 2015
Excellent Probate and Estate Attorney
When my mother passed, I was overwhelmed with all of the Legal matters that came along with an estate. I was recommended by a co worker to The Higgins Firm and specifically Tara Carter. I called the Firm and was relieved to just hear an actual person, and not an automated machine. Tara spoke with me the day that I called and after our first phone conversation I knew that I had made the right choice for an attorney, She is very educated in all Probate matters and was able to handle my mother's estate ( which was a mess) in a timely manner and with ease! She has since helped me with a Will for myself and my sister,
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Posted by Christie | July 22, 2015
Great Attorney to Ease our Minds
My Husband and I knew that we needed to start thinking about our wishes and finances later in life. The whole process of creating a will and power of attorney confused us. Tara Carter put our minds at rest from the first time I spoke with her. She walked us through the entire process of creating all the documents that we needed. We learned so much and are very confident that our wishes will be carried out now that we have a professional Living Will, Last Will, and Power of Attorney over Finance and Health. She took the time to explain everything and always made us feel like a top priority. Even when we went to her office to sign the documents, the entire Firm seemed friendly and very welcoming. Have recommended our entire family to the Higgins Firm and Tara Carter.
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Posted by Lacey | August 7, 2013
My Light at the End of a Tunnel and Super Lawyer
Tara cleared a lot of my fears and tears away with her professionalism, concerns, well knowledge of the law, very attentive to me has a client, listening and advisement was superb. It begin with a lot of clearing and hard work, and Tara was spot on with leadership to this naïve client. Responsive to me being long-distance with emails and calls without delays. Tara means what she states, she gained trust and respect with me for more than one case handled in a short amount of time, and do not make excuses like some others I have dealt with in the past. I would highly recommend her services to any person with legal needs.
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Posted by Larry | May 31, 2013
Great Lawyer
It was a pleasure working with her.
Posted by Sharon | May 29, 2013
She was a a blessing !!
Tara was a professional every step of the way , she responded to every email they I sent her if I had a question or needed reassuring to my case! She became a friend too me , I will and would recommend her highly for your legal needs .
Posted by Landry | May 29, 2013
Professional and Caring - a Rare Combination
Tara was not only concise and attentive to explain my legal concerns, she was actually concerned about me and I never felt like I was just another number like with some attorneys. She went out of her way to explain and direct me when I was unsure about which direction to go and was a true and trusted counsel in a time of uncertainty. If you are looking for a lawyer who is both knowledgeable and compassionate I cannot recommend Tara enough. She made sure my legal proceeding was as smooth as it could possibly be and even though there were some anxious moments I believe my experience would have been much more stressful if I had not been lucky enough to have had her representing me. Thanks again for all your efforts Tara I would gladly recommend you to all my close friends and family
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • The Law Office of Tara Carter
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • The Higgins Firm
  • 2010 - 2018
  • Paralegal
  • The Higgins Firm
  • 2005 - 2010


  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Freed-Hardeman University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005


  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Probate Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is a talented professional who truly cares about her clients. She is a pleasure to work with."
Real estate Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara Hawley Carter has displayed keen insight and finely-tuned attention to detail in all my interactions with her. I can vouch for her precision in legal analysis, especially in the area of real estate transactions."
Divorce and separation

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Nashville Family Lawyer Tara Hawley Carter
Tara Hawley Carter
Family Attorney
Nashville, TN
Licensed for 13 years
Free Consultation