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With a focus on family law and related issues, Carly West Holler understands that few areas of the law are as personal or fraught with emotion as matters concerning family. She knows that individuals faced with the challenge of dissolving a marriage require an attorney who is sensitive to their needs and the emotional impact of divorce, yet is also practical in her approach, addressing such issues as financial obligations, tax consequences, business valuation and the long-term interests of children. She is known for her ability to combine a sensitive approach with the determination and expertise to achieve her clients’ objectives.


Of course, not all family law matters entail divorce. Ms. West Holler also has experience in handling matters involving orders for protection, harassment restraining orders, spousal maintenance, child protection or CHIPS cases, child support, child custody, grandparents rights, alternative dispute resolution, or the happy circumstances of adoption, as well as the proactive step of drafting pre-nuptial agreements and pre-dissolution strategy.


With the understanding that every client’s personal and family situation is different, Ms. West Holler listens carefully to their concerns and structures her services to meet their needs. Whether it involves drafting a pre-nuptial agreement, negotiating a separation and property settlement agreement or valuing and distributing assets, Ms. West Holler provides the strategic thinking necessary to guide her clients through a very difficult time in their lives.


Prior to joining the Family Law team at Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell & Erickson, Ms. West Holler served as a contract associate at various metro area law firms in the areas of family law, criminal law, education law and employment law. While in law school, she volunteered her time to the Minnesota Justice Foundation’s family law clinics, served as a law clerk at a mid-sized Minneapolis law firm, as well as holding leadership roles in various student led practice area organizations.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 50%
  2. Family: 28%
  3. Child Custody: 10%
  4. Child Support: 5%
  5. Other: 7%
  6. More 


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Sarah Kristine Long

    I would highly recommend Carly as your family law attorney. She is very knowledgeable about family law and will provide competent representation.


    Sarah Long Family Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Andrew Charles Wipper

    Carly is more than a great attorney, she is also a great person. She understands the needs of her clients and advocates zealously for them, but also maintains the human component that is often forgotten in the legal practice. You can see that Carly cares for her clients as human beings and you will not be disappointed in her legal services.


    Andrew Wipper Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Smith, Paulson, O'Donnell & Erickson, P.L.C.

201 West 7th Street
Monticello, MN, 55362


MNAuthorized to practice201107/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2015
10 Best in Client SatisfactionAmerican Institute of Family Law Attorneys2015
Client's Choice AwardAVVO2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Law ClerkCarson, Clelland & Schreder2010 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Buffalo Area Chamber of CommerceMember2015 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationTreasurer2015 - Present
Rotary InternationalMember2015 - Present
Monticello Chamber of CommerceYoung Professionals Group2015 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, 18th District Bar AssociationSecretary2014 - Present
Minnesota State Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
Minnesota Women Lawyers (Central chapter)Member2013 - 2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2011
University of Minnesota, MorrisSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2005