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Terry Lynn Garrett

Wills and living wills Attorney at Austin, TX

4.2   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Texas - TX 18 years
    New York - NY 39 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2005
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1984
    Suspended No misconduct found

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

About Terry

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    Terry Garrett 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.

     Terry Garrett graduated from Cornell University with honors, was on the Dean's List at Wharton Business School and earned her J.D. from Columbia University, where she received the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.


    She is an Approved Guardianship Attorney and appointed by Central Texas courts in heirship proceedings.  She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations.

     She handles pro bono cases for Volunteer Legal Services, the Austin Bar Association and the Women's Resource Fair.  Mother of a daughter with special needs, she also teaches for the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

     In her free time she enjoys studying dance and going for long walks in beautiful Central Texas.

     Her legal assistant, Melanie Ibarra, is a native Spanish speaker.


The Garrett Law Firm
4408 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX, 78759

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Posted by Gail | February 1, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer in Austin, TX
I reached out to Attorney Garrett to see if she could help me with a Special Needs Trust. She helped answer a lot of questions before I retained her, and I found her very knowledgeable. I’d choose her again!
Posted by Karen | September 27, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Professional attorney
Ms. Garrett was professional, caring and immediately addressed my "emergency" needs. I did not feel like a file or a case number working with her. I would recommend her to any person needing knowledgeable and compassionate legal help. This power woman is not a procrastinator and she does what she says she is going to do in a very timely manner. I am thankful that I found Ms. Garrett and highly recommend her.
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Posted by Francesca | May 18, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Expert and Empathetic
Terry has been the go-to legal and practical advice source for my family for over a decade. She brings expertise in finance and global business to the practice of estate planning and elder law. I have consulted her about small business planning, estate planning, and probate. I am always amazed at how lightly she wears her expertise and how generously she shares it. She combines professionalism and integrity with empathy, making it possible to plan with confidence and breathe easier in the face of an uncertain future. I have recommended her to friends who have reported back how impressed they were with her personally and how easy she made it to accomplish what they needed.
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Posted by Iris | April 13, 2021
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Great Experience
Wills. All work accomplished remotely during the Pandemic. Terry has excellent communication skills. Very clear. Highly Recommend
Posted by Terry B | October 31, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Ms. Garrett did an OUTSTANDING job!
I went to Ms. Garrett to have my Mother-In-Law's will probated. I was pretty nervous from going thru this with my husband death and not having a good experience with my attorney at that time, so I did extensive research to find a good one! I found...THE BEST! Ms. Garrett is professional, extremely knowledgeable, very kind and her fees are more than fair! We discussed my options, she explained everything, she stayed in contact with me and made the entire experience pleasant, quick and easy! I highly recommend Terry Lynn Garrett for all your elder law, estate planning, guardianship, special needs planning and probate needs you may have!
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Posted by Mary B | January 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Terry Garrett really "gets it."
Over the years, Terry has been an indispensable resource for our family. When my mother died without a will and we had to navigate probate, when we needed POAs for my mother-in-law and our special needs children, fighting the school district to get our children's needs met... she was always knowledgeable and willing to go out of her way. I know she was looking out for our best interest and always directed me to the most cost effective solution.
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Posted by Don | May 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Choice
After consulting with multiple attorneys, we selected Terry Garrett to handle the probate for the estate of a dear deceased friend. From the time of our first meeting with Terry we knew we had made the right choice. Through her expertise, professionalism, integrity, and generous accessibility we were able to get thru this process in a smooth and orderly manner, without any glitches or surprises. Well, with one major exception; her very affordable final invoice. Thank you, Terry!
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Posted by Linda Thomas | February 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney!
We could not be more pleased to have found Terry. She is responsive, very knowledgeable and easy to work with. She quickly answers email questions and requests for information. Over one weekend, Terry produced documents that a previous attorney had not produced within seven months! We can highly recommend Terry Garrett.
Posted by Judy | July 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Huge disappointment !
Had high hopes she could help me...very disappointed. Very unorganized. I was nice enough to send her emails that she lost. After all the confusion, I felt it would have been better not to email her at all. Be very careful....they add up and you might have to hire another attorney just to understand them. She was kind enough to email me a lot of unsolicited information pertaining to my father's dementia.
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Posted by Jasmine | November 23, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Never heard back
She was extremely unorganized and unprepared. I felt she took my $250.00 and never contacted me again about my case. After my 30 minute consult I was so disappointed I didn’t seek any further advise. Initially she was very quick to respond but I should have known better when she claimed to not receive my documents after several times of me sending. I would steer clear of this law firm.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 250-250 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • The Garrett Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2005 - Present


  • Columbia University
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 1983
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • MA
  • 1975
  • Cornell University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • N/A
  • Austin Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
  • N/A
  • National Guardianship Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer (elder law)
  • Austin Monthly Magazine
  • 2021
  • Parker Award
  • Columbia University School of Law
  • 1973

Speaking Engagements

  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Non-Citizens and Public Benefits
  • 2020

Attorney endorsements

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Guardianship Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Terry Garrett is an excellent, very professional and knowledgeable elder law attorney."
Austin Wills and living wills Lawyer Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett
Wills and living wills Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 39 years